The Big E opens tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 23.
It’s going to be a little different than normal, though.
Due to COVID-19, the normally jam-packed agricultural festival, in West Springfield, featuring food, games, rides, and unique retailers will be a drive-thru experience for 2020.
The Big E To-Go is scheduled for four weeks:
- Sept. 22-27
- Sept. 29-Oct. 4
- Oct. 6-11
- and Oct. 13-18.
- Tuesday through Thursday, the fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Fridays it’ll be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- On Saturdays and Sundays you can check out the Big E from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 per vehicle and must be purchased online in advance. In an effort to avoid long lines, organizers are having people make appointments to the drive-thru. People can schedule as many visits as they like, but it’ll cost $5 per vehicle, per reservation.
Food purchases are not included in the ticket price.
The Big E is planning to schedule 50 cars per hour for the drive-thru experience. Each car gets a two-hour time slot.
Guests are asked to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before their reservations.
There are some restrictions: no buses, limos, RVs, motorcycles, pedestrians, or commercial vehicles will be permitted. Guests will remain in their vehicles for the duration of the experience and wear face masks when ordering or accepting food from vendors.
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