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The Big E - Eastern States Exposition

The Eastern States Exposition has been cancelled for 2020.

Because of this, there will be no 4-H events or participation, and no 4-H Day tickets will be available. We hope to have full Massachusetts 4-H participation in the livestock, dog, and horse programs as well as in the New England Center in 2021.

The Eastern States Exposition has been a New England tradition for the past century. Since 1916, the Exposition has been a showcase for the best of New England agriculture and a learning experience for the region’s youth. The Exposition has hosted boy and girl scouts, 4-H and FFA groups, and is the birthplace of Junior Achievement. (The Big E: The Creation of a New England Tradition, June 2017)

4-H Day 

Eastern States Exposition celebrates both 4-H and FFA on the first Saturday during the fair. The Massachusetts State 4-H Office receives a limited number of tickets for the Big E to be used on that day. These are distributed to registered 4-H members and registered 4-H volunteers who apply to receive a ticket. Tickets are limited and not all may be able to receive one. Detailed information is sent to registered members and volunteers in June.

4-H Youth Participation at Big E

4-H Programs occur at the Big E throughout the fair’s 17 day run. A variety of opportunities are available for 4-H members ages 12-18 to show their project animals and highlight their work to all of New England. 4-H members who participate in programs with Dairy, Beef Cattle, Dairy Goats, Sheep, Dogs and Horses remain on the grounds for 3 to 4 days of fun packed shows and contests. 

All 4-H activity participants are guests of The Big E, with a dormitory and cafeteria at their disposal allowing interaction with 4-H’ers from other states.

There are also opportunities for 4-H groups and individuals to present their projects in the New England Center. 4-H clubs may be chosen to present interactive educational experiences with the visiting public. In addition, 4-H members may also be selected to present their visual presentation speech or illustrated talk on the stage at the New England Center. Detailed information for all of these opportunities is sent to 4-H members in June.


Archived Forms

Big E Permission and Health Form

New England 4-H Objectives for Big E Participation

For questions about requirements and forms contact:

  • Linda Horn for the Big E 4-H Dog Program and New England Center
  • Carrie Chickering Sears for the Big E 4-H Livestock and Horse Programs