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.
Make sure you stop by the Connecticut tourism booth to pick up state maps and and brochures for lots of things to do in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Valley Tobacconists had a booth last year and we watched as Karen Tarnowicz rolled the Connecticut grown wrappers and make cigars. We learned that the cigar wrappers are grown right in Connecticut and shipped off to countries the Dominican Republic. Perdomo Cigars is a company that uses Connecticut-grown wrappers in their cigars.
Rosie Blake’s World Class Chocolates out of New Britain sells all kinds of sweets and chocolates in the Connecticut building. 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 in the Connecticut Building include Timex, PEZ, Dinosaur Park, LEGO and more we didn’t get the names of. The CT Writers Association also have a booth 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 13 to September 29 and is held in Springfield, Massachusetts.