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Connecticut Building at The Big E Goes Virtual

Safely visit your favorite Connecticut Building businesses this fall—in person or online

HARTFORD, Conn., (Sept. 17, 2020) – The Big E may be cancelled this year but would-be-fairgoers can still explore and experience the iconic dishes, handmade products and tourism attractions that the Connecticut Building on the Avenue of States has always offered.

In response to the fair’s cancellation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Office of Tourism has launched a brand-new virtual Connecticut Building experience, available online at:

The experience features a growing list of Connecticut Building vendors, including Connecticut restaurants, farms, wineries, breweries, artisans, entertainers, museums and more, known for everything from loaded baked potatoes and gourmet kettle corn to hand-poured candles and historic timepieces.

“You don’t have to miss everything you love about The Big E just because the fair isn’t open this year,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism. “All of the incredible vendors you would typically find inside the Connecticut Building are open online or in person at their locations—so you can order your favorite products online right to your door or plan a trip to safely visit this fall.” 

Many vendors are offering special discounts for “virtual fairgoers,” which can be redeemed online or in person. Businesses featured in the virtual Connecticut Building include: 

  • Connecticut Valley Tobacconist in Enfield, featuring traditional hand-rolled cigars
  • Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, home to a variety of endangered species
  • Danny’s Smoke House Grill in South Windsor, voted best baked potato at The Big E
  • Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, now showing “Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes,” through Nov. 1, 2020
  • Good Doggy Treats in Brookfield, featuring all-natural, grain-free dog treats
  •  Maple Craft Food in Sandy Hook, featuring its Maple Candied Bacon Kit
  • Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, offering gaming, lodging and entertainment for the whole family
  • Sweet Wind Farm in East Hartland, featuring pure maple syrup and cream
  • The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, providing a variety of house, history, mystery and ghost tours

“The Connecticut Building at The Big E is an annual celebration of the history, agriculture, food and fun that differentiates our great state,” said Fiveash. “While we can’t celebrate together this year, Connecticut residents and visitors can still learn about the state’s incredible offerings and support local businesses.”

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About the Connecticut Office of Tourism

The Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), is dedicated to enhancing the economic growth of Connecticut’s tourism industry. Together with its many state and industry partners, the Office of Tourism works to bolster the state’s reputation as a destination that offers a diverse mix of activities and attractions, all in close proximity to each other—from the exciting and relaxing to the historic and innovative to the culture and nature-focused. For more information, visit




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Randy Fiveash

Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism