The Big E offers something for everyone
oWEST SPRINGFIELD – The 2011 Big E is proud to host a diverse line-up of talent this year, including Reba, Blake Shelton and Darius Rucker. New England’s largest fair will also present two weekday Mardi Gras Parades, The Big E Super Circus, along with adrenaline pumping rides, crafts, mouth-watering foods, animals and the best of the old and new that fairgoers have come to expect. The Big E takes place Sept. 16 to Oct. 2.
The fair opens Sept. 16 with
Be A Kid For A Day – all ages pay the children’s price of $10 – and Military Appreciation Day, honoring the men and women of the armed services – free admission for military personnel and dependents with ID, as well as veterans with ID.
Big entertainment Appearing on The Comcast
Arena Stage: • Reba – Country music legend and winner of seven CMAs and two Grammys on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $69, $59 and $49. • Blake Shelton – Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and Country sensation on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39 and $29. • Darius Rucker – Rising Country star and former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39 and $29. • Freestyle Motocross – Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 17 and 18 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Free. • Bowzer’s Rock & Roll Party – John Bauman stars as his alter ego “Bowzer,” featuring his band The Stingrays and a line-up including Gary US Bonds, Lou Christie, Eddie Holman and Merilee Rush Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Free. • Jake Owen – CMA nominated rising Country star on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Free. • An Evening With Cheap Trick – These Pop icons define the ‘70s for audiences with power hits such as “Surrender” and “The Flame” on Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Free. Purchase a premium reserved seat for $25 online at Ticketmaster.com
or Charge By Phone – 800-745-3000. If purchased prior to show date, tickets include admission into the fair.
Court of Honor Stage
• Extreme Vegas, spectacular illusions, acrobatics and more – daily at 11 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m. • Frankie Lymon’s Legendary Teenagers, Sept. 16 to 22 at 1 and 6:30 p.m. • The Buckinghams – “Kind of a Drag,” “Don’t You Care” – from Sept. 23 to 27 at 1 and 6:30 p.m. • Yvonne Elliman, disco diva, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
• Galaxy Girl, Tina Winn performs atop a 120-foot sway pole each day at 2, 5 and 7 p.m.
Circus The Big E Super Circus is
sure to keep children and adults alike at the edge of their seats with high-flying acts under the Big Top. With shows daily at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., this free, one-ring, European- style circus is unique to the fair and stars comedy daredevil Bello Nock, a world renown magician and entertainer and named “America’s Best Clown” by TIME Magazine. Fairgoers can also enjoy the Circus Museum, located in the Hampden County Building, featuring miniature scale recreations of circus wagons, carousels, acrobats, and even a hand carved replica of the 1946 Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus tent show. The New England Band Organ, inside Gate 4, is a distinctive favorite among fairgoers of all ages. Take home the music of this spectacular instrument on CD volumes I, II and III. A Christmas CD will also be available to get those fairgoers wanting an early taste of the holiday spirit.
New events for 2011
• New England Navy Week runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 2 and allows fairgoers to meet Navy personnel and learn about the Navy’s critical mission and broad ranging capabilities, while participating in engaging activities.
Demonstrations such as the
Navy Parachute Team (Leap Frogs), a Mobile Flight Simulator, the Navy Northeast Band and the Navy Suburban Tour with video game system and recruiting station capabilities, are among the sights to see during this week-long
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celebration. Fairgoers will also be able to speak with the members of the Newport Seabees. This exciting event marks the first time New England Navy Week will take place outside of the Boston area. • Circus Around The Clock. A new 3,500-foot exhibit put
together by Parkinson Enterprises of Baraboo, Wis., will trace the in- depth construction and deconstruction of “The Greatest Show On Earth.” The exhibit will also feature digital elements of historic black and white photographs and rare film footage from Circus World Museum’s Library and Research Center in Wisconsin. The recently refurbished Mother Goose Float, a magnificently carved circus parade wagon built in the 1880’s will be on display, as well as “The Day the Clock Stopped,” which will depict the story of the circus fire in Hartford, Conn.
There will also be interactive
performances presented by juggling and unicycle sensation, T. J. Howell, and his wife Gayle who offers a razzle-dazzle hula hoop rendition that includes audience participation. Shows for “children of all ages”, including the “You Can Juggle” Kids Show, will be presented periodically throughout the day. This exhibit is located in The Young Building. • Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue – Daily at noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Additional 10:30 a.m. show on Saturday and Sunday. Located at the north end of the
Avenue of States, this interactive educational show features a variety of live rainforest animals, including a Burmese python, a singing toucan, and a kinkajou. Energetic host Bixby teaches families simple, everyday ways to conserve the rainforest and the environment around them. • The Big Easy Meets The Big E – Fat Tuesday comes to life with music, lights, and beads galore at The Big E’s signature Mardi Gras Parade, Monday through Friday at 1 and 8 p.m. The Daily Parade’s marching units, animals and bands step off at 5 p.m. and all the action comes together on weekends with the Grande Mardi Gras Parade at 5 p.m.
Want to take part in the
festivities? Be a costumed reveler and toss beads to fairgoers on the parade route for just $10.
Additional details can be found at www.TheBigE.com
Savor the flavor Come to the ever-popular
Cream Puff Bakery, located in the New England Center, where fairgoers will find the original and scrumptious, Big E Cream Puff and the popular Big Éclair. Don’t forget about The Big E
Craz-E Burger located at The Big EZ Café on New England Avenue. The bacon cheeseburger between two halves of a grilled glazed donut, introduced in 2009, was a big hit.
Tasty treats for 2011
• Red Velvet Funnel Cake – Indulge in a delicious red velvet funnel cake, located at F&W Caterers on West Road. • Deep Fried Whoopie Pies – A twist to the classic Whoopie Pie, located at Sugar Shakers on New England Avenue.
• Fried Kool Aid – Send your taste buds on a ride with Fried Kool Aid located at the Fried Dough Trailer inside Gate 9A. • Deep Fried Twinkies – Throw the calories out the window. Indulge in this twist on a classic twinkie located at the Fried Cheesecake Trailer on Commonwealth Avenue • Fried Brownie Bits – at the Coffee Break in the Food Court.
Hot off the grill
New England Dog – A hot dog wrapped in bacon with baked beans and cheddar cheese, sure to have fairgoers taste buds in an uproar.
Coming soon – A hot dog wrapped in bacon with spicy coleslaw, served with or without fresh jalapeno. These two delicious creations are served on a gourmet hot dog roll from Bernardino’s Bakery. Become a fan of The Big E on Facebook and help name this new taste treat – contest coming soon.
Check next week’s Reminder
Publications newspapers for more Big E events and attractions.
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