Are you looking for something to do this weekend? If so, I highly suggest you travel to The Big E Fair in West Springfield, Mass. This Sunday, Sept. 30, is the last day to attend before it closes up until next year! It's about a 40-minute drive south of UMass, and is the perfect place to spend a day making memories.
Two weekends ago my friends and I went and had a blast! We walked through admiring the different vendors selling things ranging from keychains to hot tubs. One of my friends, Hannah, was very interested in the Patagonias that were on sale there. We even got to see sculptures made of butter. I thought that was awesome and hilarious!
One of my favorite parts was when a parade broke out in the middle of the fair. Everyone stopped what they were doing while giant colorful floats drove on through. It's called The Big E Mardi Gras Parade! The people on the floats were throwing multicolored bead necklaces into the crowds. I grabbed two, one green and one gold!
It wouldn't be a trip to The Big E if I didn't talk about all the delicious food there. Right when you walk in you are hit by the delightful smell of fried dough and french fries. My friend Marissa made the mouthwatering choice of getting a baked potato stuffed with broccoli, cheese, and butter. I finally got to try a fried Oreo and, yes, it tastes as good as it sounds. Sorry if this section is making you hungry!
The Big E has the Xfinity Arena as well, which hosts concerts throughout September. The day I went I had tickets to see the country band Old Dominion, which was playing there that night. They were great entertainers with incredible stage presence. My favorite part was when they sang their song "Snapback!" The whole audience was singing along, including me. This Sunday, Sept. 30, the Beach Boys are going!
But don't worry if you don't get the chance to go this year because the fair is held annually and has its scheduled dates up until 2020 on their website: thebige.com!