Fairgoers travel from near and far for Massachusetts Day at The Big E

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -Thursday was a wet day for Massachusetts’ Big E Day, but many people were there all day, including Governor Charlie Baker.

Western Mass News spoke with fairgoers who braved the weather to have some fun.

“Of course I was born in Massachusetts, rain or shine, so it’s good to be back. This fair brings back a lot of good childhood memories,” said Logan Kendrick, of Massachusetts.

Kendrick was a Massachusetts native who attended the Big E on Thursday for the first time in 10 years. He said he left his current home in Florida just to enjoy the fair!

“It feels good knowing that there are no fairs like this anywhere else in the world if you ask me. So it feels good to be back!” Kendrick said.

Lynne Tanner of Pittsfield was another fairgoer who took a bus down with a group of friends.

“I got the day off and I’m so happy … I came very little when I was younger, this is our second year in a row doing a bus trip,” Tanner said.

Other fair vendors we spoke with told Western Mass News they made the trip to indulge in their favorite fair food.

“All foods for sure. I’ve been searching the internet for weeks in preparation and I know exactly where to start. You’ve got Maine potatoes in there, too,” Kendrick said.

“Everything about the food, of course we already had the fries we had the lobster, we had the wine tasting and I’m looking forward to the parade because we missed it last year,” Tanner said.

Earlier Thursday morning, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito appeared at the Big E for Massachusetts Day. They said they were equipped with permanent credentials for future Big Es as their tenure is coming to an end.

“Lt. The governor and I have been here many times in the last eight years and it is almost in many ways one of the highlights of the fall not only for us but for everyone who comes to this,” said Governor Baker.

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