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.

Update: 2020 Big E Fair Announcement from the Eastern States Exposition

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

For Fairgoers

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The Maine Building
Showcasing Maine since 1925!
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Press & Promotions
#meetMEatTheBigE
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About The Big E!
Learn about New England's Largest fair at thebige.com

For Exhibitors/Vendors

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Applications
To exhibit, present & represent Maine!
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Exhibitor Resources
Vendor Services, FAQs
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Important Dates
Event schedules & deadlines

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.

Maine Day at the Big E showcases the best of Maine to fair visitors! The day features Maine performers, artists, entertainers, youth leaders, and others with a passion for Maine.

Interested in applying to provide entertainment for Maine Day? Subscribe for email updates.

Press & Promotions

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

The Agricultural Resources team within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry manages the State of Maine Building venue. We offer Maine businesses and organizations an opportunity to rent commercial space in the State of Maine Building. An application must be submitted for consideration by any interested vendor.

We aim to maintain a balance of educational and commercial exhibits in the building with an atmosphere that continues to exemplify Maine and its unique way of life. 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

The State of Maine Building is one of seven distinct buildings on the Avenue of States—including six for each New England state, and one for the Grange—located on the Eastern States Exposition (ESE) grounds.

Accommodations

This is a popular event; concessionaires, vendors and fair-goers rely on local accommodations during the multi-day fair. 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. Vendors are encouraged to select and reserve their accommodations early. If you are awarded space in the Maine Building as a vendor, please email Maine Building Management request the link for the room block. Rooms are available first come, first served. Payment is responsibility of vendor.

Directions - Note: there is significant construction in the area. Fair-goers and exhibitors are encouraged to carpool, and use available ride-sharing services when possible.

Exhibition Resources:

For All Building Vendors

For Food Vendors

Important Dates! Annual Schedule and Deadlines

Month Items Due
January - March
  • Applications due for Exhibit space (Maine Day, Short-Term, All Days)
  • Committee reviews and award recommendation is made
  • Confirmation notices sent to applicants about awarded Exhibitors
April - June
  • Applications due for performances and parade participation on Maine Day
  • Exhibitor agreements and/or amendments sent to recipients
June TBD

Exhibitor meeting. Eastern States Exposition Staff provide updates

  • Credential, storage requests due at Meeting
July
  • Any advance booth alterations and structural setup must be complete
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
November Application available online for upcoming year

Please call (207) 287-7620 or e-mail Anne.Trenholm@maine.gov to receive more information!

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