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Improvements to Vermont Building at Big E help showcase agricultural products

News Release — Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Sept. 1, 2017

Trevor Audet
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Tel: 802-522-4725

Vermont will once again share its culture and heritage with more than one million attendees at the Big E, New England’s largest agricultural fair, which commences this week in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The fair will run from September 15 – October 1.

An already popular Big E attraction, the Vermont Building has added some new key features to help showcase Vermont products. The Journey’s End patio has been constructed in the back of the building, complete with a new performing stage, additional vendors and elegant landscaping, all replicating Vermont’s charming beauty.

The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has teamed up with the Department of Tourism to help spread the #thinkvt message and bring exhibitors in that demonstrate why Vermont is a special place to live, work and do business.

Gov. Phil Scott is scheduled to visit the Vermont Building on Vermont Day, Saturday, September 23.

“It’s great to see our agricultural entrepreneurs get the opportunity to showcase their products at The Big E this year,” said Scott. “Our agricultural producers are known for high-quality, dependable goods, which distinguish the Vermont brand. With the sector evolving and new companies continuing to emerge in our state, the Big E represents an opportunity for growing businesses to build relationships and strengthen that brand with out-of-state consumers.”

The Vermont State Police will also be present at the fair with its recruiting message, #BeTheDifference, emphasizing Vermont and the Vermont State Police as a great place to serve your community as well as live and play.

The following Vermont companies will be featured in the Vermont Building:

American Flatbread
Beachcomings Studio
Bear’s Den Carving
Ben & Jerry’s
Cabot & Vermont Cheese
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Vermont Cookie Love
Danforth Pewter
Halladay’s Harvest Barn
Hall Home Place
Johnson Woolen Mill
Long Trail
Mother Myrick’s Confectionery
Sap! Maple Beverages
Vermont Clothing Company
Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing
Vermont Flannel
Vermont Hand Crafters
Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association
Vermont Prime Emu
Vermont Smoke & Cure
The Village Peddler
Agricola Farm
Champlain Orchards
Hempfully Green Healing
Joe’s Kitchen at Screaming Ridge Farm
Maple Landmark
Skinny Pancake
Vermont Bee Balm

This year’s musical performances include…
Sat. 9/16 16
2:00-5:00 pm “East Bay Dixieland” (Dixieland)
Sun. 9/17
2:00-5:00 pm “The Rix Folk Band: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger” (Folk)
Sat. 9/23 (Vermont Day)
10 am-Noon “Rumblecat” (Funk/Rock/Groove)
1:00-4:00 pm “Rick & The All-Star Ramblers” (Western Swing)

Sun. 9/24
2:00-5:00 pm “Yankee Chank” (Cajun and Zydeco)
Sat. 9/30
2:00-5:00 pm “Steve Hartman” (Vermont Singer/Songwriter)
Sun. 10/1
2:00-5:00 pm “Pete’s Posse” (Traditional and Roots)

For more information on The Big E-Eastern States Exposition go to and follow the Vermont Agency of Agriculture on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a behind the scenes look at the Vermont Building.

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