State of Maine Building at Eastern States Expo

The Big E is an annual event that begins on the second Friday after Labor Day and runs for 17 days each September.

Future Dates:
2021 Dates: Sept. 17 - Oct. 3. 2021
2022 Dates: Sept. 16 - Oct. 2. 2022

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The Maine Building

The State of Maine Building is an exhibition and trades display venue showcasing the best of Maine to more than 850,000 visitors annually who attend "The Big E." The building is located on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts on the Expo’s Avenue of New England States.

The Agricultural Resource and Development Division of DACF operates and maintains the building for the purpose of ‘exhibiting, publicizing and advertising Maine's products and resources in agriculture, industry, fisheries, forests, wildlife and recreation.’ The State of Maine has participated in this exciting display of New England traditions since 1925.

Visit thebige.com for a full list of "Big E" festivities


For Exhibitors/Vendors

Interested in being a part of this great event? Exhibit with us!

Applications

Applications are closed for the 2021 Big E. Please subscribe to our newsletter and bookmark this page to receive updates.

About the Venue

The Agricultural Resources team within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry manages the State of Maine Building venue.

  • Maine businesses and organizations have an opportunity to rent space to sell products, or market brands and services in the State of Maine Building during the Big E! fair. The Maine Building attracts thousands of daily visitors during the 17-day event.
  • Any interested Exhibitor must submit a completed application for consideration. If awarded space, they join a team of exhibitors working to showcase products, brands and services, and the best of Maine to building visitors and shoppers from across New England, parts of New York and elsewhere.
  • Only items which are produced, grown, crafted, manufactured or significantly altered in Maine may be sold in the Maine building.

Other exhibition opportunities during the fair:

Exhibitor Resources

Exhibitor Resources are for those awarded space. It includes a library of documents - required forms, checklist, FAQs etc. A plus sign next to the section means you need to click a link to expand the full list of info.

Required Training and Forms -  All Building Exhibitors +

  • NON-FOOD ESE Safety Plan (PDF) – This plan is required by ESE. Exhibitors should save this document under their booth name and complete it. Building Management will request a copy of it.
  • FOOD ESE Safety Plan (PDF) – This plan is required by ESE. Exhibitors should save this document under their booth name and complete it. Building Management will request a copy of it.

Forms Amenities and Services - All Exhibitors +

  • Temporary Storage and Delivery Request Form (PDF) - Due August 1. Use form to request temporary storage space on grounds, and/or request delivery driver access. Submit to: ESE C/O Derryl (Storage/Delivery Request) 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA 01089
  • Internet at the Big E! - Place your order online.
  • Telephone at The Big E (PDF) - Place your phone/DSL line order
  • Accommodations: This is a popular event; select and reserve early. Accommodations payment is Exhibitor's responsibility.
    • There are many lodging options in Western Mass.
    • Military retirees or Active Guard and Reserve members can get inexpensive lodging at The Flyers Inn on Westover Air Reserve Base in nearby Chicopee. The telephone number is (413) 593-5421.
    • On-site camping is limited; and not available to Exhibitors.
    • If you are awarded space in the Maine Building, email Maine Building Management to request room block info. Rooms are available first come, first served.

Forms and Requirements - Food and Beverage Exhibitors +

FAQs, Checklists, Timelines, Directions, Maps - All Exhibitors +

Fire Safety Requirements - All Exhibitors +

Important Dates! Annual Schedule and Deadlines

Month Items Due
January - March
  • Applications due for any Exhibit space
  • Applications reviewed
  • Exhibitors awardees selected Awardees announced, notice sent to applicants
April - June
  • Exhibitors read all documents and resources, including Exhibitor FAQs and “At this point in time” checklist.
  • Initial booth assignments made
  • Exhibitor invoices sent
June
  • Exhibitor meeting. Eastern States Exposition Staff provide updates
July
  • Initial payment due by Exhibitor
  • Any advance booth alterations and structural setup must be complete
  • Important forms and documents should be completed, ready to submit
September
  • Exhibition at the State of Maine Building during, The Big E!, 17 days
  • Maine Day—first Saturday of the Fair
  • ESE Photo ID Kiosks open to obtain Exhibitor Badge
  • Fair begins the first Friday after Labor Day
October-August
  • Building is closed for off-season
November Application available online for upcoming year
Please email Maine Building Managementto receive more information!