State of Maine Building at Eastern States Expo
Mark your calendar for September 13 - 29, 2019!
The Fair begins the second Friday after Labor Day.
2020 Dates: Sept. 18 - Oct. 4, 2020
2021 Dates: Sept. 17 - Oct. 3. 2021
The State of Maine Building is an exhibition and trades display venue showcasing the best of Maine to more than 850,000 visitors annually who attend "The Big E." The building is located on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts on the Expo’s Avenue of New England States.
The Agricultural Resource and Development Division of MDACF operates and maintains the building for the purpose of ‘exhibiting, publicizing and advertising Maine's products and resources in agriculture, industry, fisheries, forests, wildlife and recreation.’ The State of Maine has participated in this exciting display of New England traditions since 1925.
- 11/27/18 - 2019 Application to Vend at the Maine Building Available Now
- 9/27/18 - Maine Day at The Big E Kicks off Record Attendance Week
Interested in being a part of this great event? Exhibit with us!
Exhibition space is available at the venue! The Agricultural Resources team within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry manages the State of Maine Building venue. We offer Maine businesses and organizations an opportunity to rent commercial space in the State of Maine Building. An application must be submitted for consideration by any interested vendor.
- 2019 Vendor Guidelines and Application (PDF) - Download application, rules and guidelines
We aim to maintain a balance of educational and commercial exhibits in the building with an atmosphere that continues to exemplify Maine and its unique way of life. Only items which are produced, grown, crafted, manufactured or significantly altered in Maine may be sold in the Maine building.
The State of Maine Building is one of seven distinct buildings on the Avenue of States—including six for each New England state, and one for the Grange—located on the Eastern States Exposition (ESE) grounds.
Find exhibition resources here:
- Internet at the Big E!
- "The Big E" Services & Amenities - ESE offers amenities and service for all vendors, including banking, phone lines, and package receipt and delivery services during the fair.
- Grounds Map (PDF)
|January||Applications due, committee reviews and award recommendation is made|
|February-March||Contract notices sent to exhibit space award recipients|
|TBD-Spring/Summer||Exhibitor meeting. Eastern States Exposition Staff provide updates|
|November||Application available online for upcoming year|
Please call (207) 287-7620 or e-mail Anne.Trenholm@maine.gov to receive more information!