Friday, October 10, 2008

The Big E

We attended The Big E on September 27. Those of you down South may not have been all that impressed, after all almost every county and state near you sponsors an annual fair. Not so in New England. Fairs are around but they are few and far between.

The Big E did not disappoint us. We weren't able to spend as much time as we had planned due to rain but we hit a few highlights. First, we watched a sheep shearing demonstration. The boys were fascinated.
Then we watched a circus - complete with elephants, trapeze, and dog show! Afterward we watched a competition of women driving horse drawn wagons. It was much more impressive than my description! I neglected to take pictures of the horses but did get a few of the kids eating their first cotton candy.

Each New England state (who can name the 6 states?) has it's own building where various vendors of "native" goods are set up. While in the Connecticut building we ran into Indiana Jones. This picture doesn't do him justice! He's made entirely of Legos.
The boys tried on Connecticut state police uniforms. I wouldn't mind being pulled over by these two cuties!
Glad he's on the right side of the law! Ben looks like mischief!!
Will and Daddy rode a roller coaster.
He loved it!
Ben chose to ride motorcycles with Will.
He's not quite as daring as Brother. He didn't make it one revolution
before he started crying and wanted off. It was expected. Poor guy!

If you are looking for a fun family outing in September I highly recommend The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Admission isn't too bad ($12-15 per adult) but be sure to take plenty of cash for lunch, rides, and souveniours. There are even concerts to attend in the evening (assuming you don't have small children to put to bed).


Kat said...

Sounds like everyone had a great time, even if the rides were a little scary for some. ;)
Maybe someday we will make it up there to the Big E.

Jessica said...

I wish I had been able to go. Sounds like it is even bigger than I had thought. I have wanted to go for a couple years now. Still haven't made it. Maybe next year.

Tim Horbert said...

Oh wow! The Big E...I've been going there every year since 1982. This is the first year that I was unable to attend! :(

Hope you all had a wonderful time...

...and hope you were all able to enjoy the Maine Baked Potatoes...those are my favorite!

Amy said...

Fun, fun! I loved the lego Indiana Jones! :)

Julie said...

Thanks for the review. I think we'll try to go next year. BTW, Do you realize you only have 12 days left??? Wow, that was the fastest pregnancy of my life. lol

Cheryl Barker said...

Stephanie, thanks so much for stopping by my blog so I now can say I've had a visitor from Rhode Island! Down to just 4 states left now :) Looks like you have a wonderful family. God bless!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Oh, I love the fair!!! Great pics...I love the one of your husband by Indiana Jones.

Hey, how come you didn't post a photo of yourself? Wouldn't have anything to do with you being 38 weeks pregnant would it? *wink wink*

Hope you enjoy the weekend.

Linda said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation. By the pictures, you pretty much had the fair to yourself the day you were there. Nice actually! I'm sure you all will keep terrific memories from it and swimming in the motel pool.


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