Connecticut Day at the Big E

Connecticut Day at the Big E

Calling all Volunteers! Members of the fife and drum community are cordially invited to participate in Connecticut Day at The Big E in West Springfield, MA on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 for a day of performance that begins at 9am. You will be joining other members of the fife and drum community to form a group that will perform short concerts and parades throughout the venue. In return for your performance the Big E will make a donation to The Company of Fifers & Drummers. Please see the file pdf2023 Connecticut Day at the Big E Information for more details, including song lists.

If you are curious about the event and would like to see how much fun was had, please check out Pictures from 2017 Big E.  A good time was had by all!

Please RSVP by 9/11/23 by sending the following information to Shawn Akey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for fair admission & parking passes.

  • Name
  • Full mailing address
  • What you are performing as (fifer, color guard, bass, snare, major)
  • What corps you are representing


Schedule of Events

  • 8:00 a.m. – Park at Lot 1
  • 9:00 a.m. – Meet outside New England Center (Cream Puff Building)
  • 10:00 a.m. – Perform at New England Center – 1 HourBreak – 45 Minutes
  • 11:45 a.m. – Lineup at the New England Center
  • 12:00 p.m. – Parade from New England Center to the Grange Building
  • 12:00 p.m. – Perform in front of the Grange Building – 30 Minutes
  • Break - 15 Minutes
  • TBD – Lineup at New England Center
  • TBD – Parade from New England Center to Storrowton Tavern Stage
  • TBD – Perform on the Storrowton Tavern stage – TBD


  • Yellow one-day passes will be mailed out to performers; unused lot passes are to be turned in to Shawn Akey, Mickey Akey or Polly Sweet-Benoit.
  • Parking will be in LOT 1 with entry through the Visitors Center.

Entry Tickets

  • Entry tickets and parking passes will be mailed to all participants.
  • Family members may purchase $7.00* exhibitor passes by calling 413-205-5011. One person in your group should coordinate this request and be prepared to pay for the tickets when ordering. Please try to purchase tickets 1 week prior to the fair opening. Tickets on Sunday through Thursday are $11.00* after 5pm and may be purchased at the gates. Fair management has the right to limit exhibitor passes.
    *Please note: ticket prices are subject to change.
  • Enter through the VISITORS CENTER


  • We do not have storage space available in New England Center this year; please plan accordingly.

Event Specifics

Event Date 09/20/2023 8:00 am
Event End Date 09/20/2023 3:00 pm
Location The Big E

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