State of Maine Building at Eastern States Expo

Visit us at the Maine Building from September 16 to October 2, 2022.
Maine Day at the Big E is Saturday, September 17, 2022.

The Big E is an annual event that begins on the second Friday after Labor Day and runs for 17 days each September.

On this page:


The Maine Building

The State of Maine Building is an exhibition 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 the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) 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.

2022 Maine Building Exhibitors

Find contact information, product offerings, and learn more about who you can see in the building this year.

2022 Building Map

News

Other "Big E" Activities, Events and Tickets

Visit thebige.com for a full list of "Big E" festivities, including agricultural events, and competitions, and to purchase your event tickets.

Big E Fair Parade Application

Read the Fair's letter regarding the fair's parade selection (PDF). State Buildings are not parade contacts. Parade selection is at the sole discretion of The Big Parade Officials. For more info, email parade@thebige.com.


For Exhibitors/Vendors

Interested in being a part of this great event? Exhibit with us!

Applications

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Considering applying? Please refer to the following list:

2022 Exhibitor Application (Please read important dates*)

2022 Entertainment & Ambassador Application

About the Venue

DACF owns the Maine Building which is managed by the Agricultural Resources team.

  • Only items which are produced, grown, crafted, manufactured or significantly altered in Maine may be sold in the Maine building.
  • Any interested Exhibitor (including businesses, collectives, co-ops, and associations) must submit a completed application for consideration.
  • If awarded space, applicants join a team of exhibitors working to showcase products, brands and services, and the best of Maine to building visitors and shoppers from across New England, parts of New York and elsewhere.
  • Maine businesses and organizations have an opportunity to rent space to sell products, or market brands and services in the State of Maine Building during the Big E!. The Maine Building attracts thousands of daily visitors during the 17-day event.

Other exhibition opportunities during the fair:

Exhibitor Roster

2022 Roster

Exhibitor Resources

Exhibitor Resources is library of documents (required forms, checklists, FAQs, etc) for exhibitors. Click the plus sign next to the section to expand the full list.

FAQs, Checklists, Timelines, Directions, Maps - All Exhibitors +

Key dates, meetings, load in/out info
Maps and getting to the fair
  • Grounds Map (PDF) - For Maine Building Exhibitor reference
  • Directions - Note: traffic patterns may change due to the fair. Follow local, real time instructions.
  • General Info - Ticketing, activity schedules and fair FAQs.
  • Employee Satellite Parking Maps (PDF) – Shuttle runs daily, 6AM to midnight, between satellite lots and Big E transportation center. Employees must display current year ID badge to board shuttle.
FAQs, booth design, packing
Exhibitor agreement and online profile

Forms - Amenities and Services - All Exhibitors +

  • Temporary Storage and Delivery Request Form (PDF) - Print and complete. Due August 1. Use form to request temporary storage space on grounds, and/or request delivery driver access. Submit to: ESE C/O Derryl (Storage/Delivery Request) 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA 01089
  • Internet at the Big E! - Place your order online.
  • Telephone at The Big E (PDF) - Place your phone/DSL line order
  • Accommodations: This is a popular event; select and reserve early. Accommodation payment is the Exhibitor's responsibility.
    • There are many lodging options in Western Mass.
    • Military retirees or Active Guard and Reserve members can get inexpensive lodging at The Flyers Inn on Westover Air Reserve Base in nearby Chicopee. The telephone number is (413) 593-5421.
    • On-site camping is limited; and not available to Exhibitors.
    • If you are awarded space in the Maine Building, email Maine Building Management to request room block info. Rooms are available first-come, first-served.

Forms and Requirements - Food and Beverage Exhibitors +

Fire Safety Requirements - All Exhibitors +

Important Dates! Annual Schedule and Deadlines

Month Items Due
January - March
  • Applications due for any Exhibit space
  • Applications reviewed. Scoring Rubric (PDF)*
  • Exhibitors awardees selected Awardees announced, notice sent to applicants
  • *Applicants who apply by deadline earn bonus points. Those who are not initially selected, or apply after deadline, may be eligible for a waitlist if they meet selection criteria.
April - June
  • Exhibitors read all documents and resources, including Exhibitor FAQs and “At this point in time” checklist.
  • Initial booth assignments made
  • Exhibitor invoices sent
June
  • Exhibitor meeting. Eastern States Exposition Staff provide updates
July
  • Initial payment due by Exhibitor
  • Any advance booth alterations and structural setup must be complete (available to those paid in full)
  • Important forms and documents should be completed, ready to submit
September
  • Exhibition at the State of Maine Building during, The Big E!, 17 days
  • Building Management distributes credentials on-site, at fair
  • Maine Day—first Saturday of the Fair
  • ESE Photo ID Kiosks open to obtain Exhibitor Badge
  • Fair begins the first Friday after Labor Day
October-August
  • Building is closed for off-season
November
  • Application available online for upcoming year

Please email Maine Building Management to receive more information!