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2020 Big E canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The announcement was made on Monday afternoon.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Big E has been canceled for 2020 due to safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was announced Monday afternoon by the Eastern States Exposition who organize the event. 

The Big E has only been canceled a handful of times before like during WWII. 

"We know our faithful fairgoers will be disappointed. 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," said the organizers in a written statement. 

The next Big E is scheduled for September 17-October 3, 2021. 

An important message from Eastern States Exposition President & CEO Gene Cassidy

The Big E is so much more than just a fair, it is tradition, it is celebration, it is the showcase of everything we are so proud of in New England. This is why our hearts are heavy as we bring you this news. For the safety of our fairgoers, staff, vendors, entertainers, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and the broader community, the 2020 Big E has been cancelled. Thank you all for your support and we’ll see you September 17-October 3, 2021, when we can all celebrate together again. For the full statement and more information including refunds, please visit thebige.com/2020FairUpdate

Posted by The Big E on Monday, June 29, 2020

Organizers said everyone who has purchased Zach Williams concert tickets for Septemeber 20, will be refunded in full. 

This is just one of many regional fairs that have been canceled due to the COVID-19.

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