It's the grand finale of fair season-- the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. The fair lasts more than two weeks and draws thousands of people in from all over New England.
Like most fairs, the Big E in West Springfield has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to food.
Each New England state is represented by its own state-run building. We decided to find the best food that each one has to offer. First up we'll start with our twin state, New Hampshire. Its specialty: blueberry pie.
"Better than Maine's," exclaimed a group of Granite-Staters.
As for Maine, it's all about baked potatoes, of course. This booth sells around 6,000 loaded potatoes a day during this 17-day long fair. That's more than 100,000 potatoes topped with a whole lot of Cabot sour cream. This spud gets Burton Spooner from Randolph, Vt., coming back every year.
Reporter Gina Bullard: What's the best part of "The Big E" for you?
Burton Spooner: The baked potato.
In Rhode Island it's all about seafood.
"The appetizer of the state is going to be calamari," said Stuart Tucker of Tucker's Seafood.
The calamari salad with mussels, squid and shrimp sure works on a hot day!
Now, when it comes to the Connecticut building, the best export we could find is me! Gina Bullard!
In Massachusetts, fin cakes are filling people up. The Finnish treat is made with more eggs than flour to make it extra thin.
And finally-- Vermont. The Green Mountains are well represented at the Big E. Favorites like maple syrup and lots of cheese line the aisles.
"It's been a nice experience and it's good to get the word out to the public," said Bruce Martell of Vermont Smoke and Cure.
This year the state building welcomes Vermont Smoke and Cure with a show stopper-- bacon s'mores.
"First they looked shocked, then they try it and they smile," Martell explained.
Signature samples from all the New England states.
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