Eastern States Exposition (ESE or The Big E)

Maine 4-H is going to The Big E Fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts!
Travel dates will be September 21, 22 and 23.

Horses at the fairSign up now to join the New England Center Demonstration Team. Travel dates are September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. A $25.00 registration fee includes travel by coach bus to and from The Big E, meals while at The Big E and two nights lodging in the Moses Dormitory on the fairgrounds.

Youth will work in teams demonstrating STEM activities and 4-H projects. Join our group now and help show fairgoers what Maine 4-H is all about!

Top finishers in the Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, who earned a spot on the Maine 4-H Communication Science Team will be traveling with us and presenting from the New England Center Stage.

Participants will need money to purchase meals on the bus ride down and back along with any spending money you wish to bring for your stay at the fair. There is a lot to do and see at The Big E Fair that is free of cost!

This travel opportunity is open to youth ages twelve and older. Register and pay online before August 5th. Contact Becky at rebecca.mosley@maine.edu  or 207.743.6329 for more information. For questions pertaining to the Maine 4-H Communication Science Team, please contact Sheila at sheila.norman@maine.edu. Volt trained and enrolled volunteers who are interested in chaperoning should contact Becky Mosley.

Register online

To participate in this event, you must complete the signed forms below. Your registration will not be considered complete until your forms have been received. Completed forms should be sent to Jordan Rhoten at jordanmarie.rhoten@maine.edu or mailed to 491 College Ave Orono, ME 04469. If you have any questions, please email Jordan Rhoten or call at 219.670.8666.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Mosley at rebecca.mosley@maine.edu or 207.743.6329 or 1.800.287.1482 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


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Eastern States Exposition is New England’s largest fair, also known as “The Big E.” It is usually held in September in West Springfield, MA.  Maine 4-H members between the ages of 12-18 are eligible to participate in the 4-H Beef, Beef Heifers, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goats, Dog, Horse, and Sheep shows.

The Big E motivates and recognizes the achievement of individual 4-H members, while encouraging them to work together as a group. It gives 4-Hers a chance to interact with youth from other states or areas of Maine and to share with the public some of the programs Maine 4-H offers.

Find information about the Big E Ruby Morris Scholarship.

For general information about Eastern States Exposition, visit The Big E.