Today is Connecticut Day at the Big E and Connecticut businesses are well represented. At The Big E, each state, has their own permanent brick building on the Avenues of the States. This is what the Connecticut building looks like.
Buying from Connecticut vendors in the Connecticut building is a great way to support local businesses. Vendors outside of the state buildings have to pay a portion of their sales to the Big E while the vendors in the state buildings do not. This makes the prices cheaper too inside of the building.
Last week we volunteered at the state of Connecticut tourism booth. We handed out state maps and showed visitors all kinds of things to do in Connecticut.
New this year was a booth from the Connecticut Valley Tobacconists. We watched as Karen Tarnowicz rolled the Connecticut grown wrappers and make cigars. We learned that the wrappers are grown right in Connecticut and the filler comes from the Dominican Republic.
Rosie Blake’s World Class Chocolates out of New Britain was selling all kinds of sweets and chocolates. These chocolate covered bacon treats were a big hit with the crowd. They also had chocolate covered pickles but I wasn’t sure I could try those.
Other Connecticut businesses include Timex, PEZ, Dinosaur Park, LEGO and more we didn’t get the names of. The CT Writers Association was also there promoting local authors and selling books.
The Big E is a 17-day New England county-style fair with carnie rides, two petting zoos, food vendors, local exhibits and building. horse shows, farm animals, Budweiser Clydedales horse, a Mardi Gras parade each day at 5 pm and lots more.
The Big E runs from September 14 to September 30 and is held in Springfield, Massachusetts.