Big E organizers cancel 2020 fair due to coronavirus

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The cream puffs should wait till 2021.

The Eastern States Exposition, colloquial generally known as The Big E, introduced Monday afternoon that the 104th version of the West Springfield truthful has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Running one of many largest state festivals within the United States, organizers stated they spent months engaged on a strategy to make The Big E occur this September, however in the end realized there was no affordable strategy to replicate the large occasion amid prevailing public well being and social distancing guidances.

“This decision was difficult and complex, but we all know in our hearts that it’s the right thing to do for the health and safety of the 1.6 million people who support us each year,” Gene Cassidy, the president and CEO of The Big E, stated in a video message Monday.

Cassidy, who expressed hope that The Big E may return in 2021, stated it wasn’t the primary the annual custom had been canceled; the truthful was additionally suspended throughout World War I and for 5 years throughout World War II.

The Big E did go on following hurricanes and floods within the 1930s that ravaged New England, in addition to after the September 11 assaults.

However, the dangers related to the coronavirus spreading in giant gatherings have resulted within the cancellation of distinguished agricultural festivals throughout the nation this summer time — from Minnesota and Iowa to Deerfield, New Hampshire. As recently as last week, organizers had been nonetheless planning to go on with the Topsfield Fair in October.

Cassidy stated he knew the choice Monday could be disappointing for fairgoers and devastating for “hundreds” of mom-and-pop concessionaires, who “depend on The Big E for their livelihood.”

“It’s crushing to them, and it’s crushing to me,” Cassidy stated.

According to the truthful’s web site, The Big E’s field workplace will straight contact individuals who have already purchased advance tickets. Those who purchased tickets for a beforehand scheduled Zach Williams live performance on Sept. 20 could have their purchases totally refunded.

Cassidy stated the 2021 version of The Big E is scheduled for Sept. 17 to Oct. 3.