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Connecticut Building at The Big E Offers Snapshot of State’s Tourism Treasures

Celebrate state pride on Connecticut Day, Sept. 18

HARTFORD, Conn., (Sept. 12, 2019) – Connecticut’s exciting mix of culinary, cultural and tourism offerings for the entire family will be on full display in the Connecticut Building at The Big E, Sept. 13-29, when over 1.5 million visitors descend on New England’s largest agricultural fair.

Hot buttery lobster rolls, freshly brewed beer, baseball, maritime history and handcrafted jewelry are just a few of the things to discover in the Connecticut Building, located on the Avenue of States.

Visitors are encouraged to:

  • Sample iconic dishes, including seafood at Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale; award-winning meats at Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ; and, signature pizza pies at Randy's Wooster Street Pizza Shop.
  • Satisfy their sweet tooth at Good Ole Boys Kettle Corn, Sweet Madeline’s Cider Donuts, PEZ Candy and J. Foster’s Ice Cream.
  • Sip craft brews and wine at the bigger-than-ever Connecticut Beer Garden, featuring a rotating selection of beer and cider from over 30 craft breweries across the state; and, the newly expanded Connecticut Farm Wineries tasting booth.
  • Feel the excitement at the Hartford Yard Goats, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino booths.
  • Discover cultural gems, including the Barnum Museum, American Clock & Watch Museum, Florence Griswold Museum, Mark Twain House & Museum and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.
  • Shop for homegrown and handmade products at a variety of agricultural and artisan booths, including the Connecticut Valley Tobacconist, Birdhouse Accents of Torrington and Cottagewicks of Winsted.

Altogether, more than 65 businesses, associations and artisans from across Connecticut will be represented. The complete list of Connecticut Building exhibitors is available at

“The Connecticut Building provides a unique opportunity for hundreds of thousands of visitors from New England and beyond to experience Connecticut in a new way, or for the first time,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism. “Our friendly staff can help visitors navigate the building, select informational materials and even plan a trip to Connecticut itself!”

Connecticut-branded reusable and washable shopping bags—made from bio-based materials—will be available while supplies last at the Connecticut Tourism booth.

Fairgoers can also enjoy performances and activities on Connecticut Day, Wednesday, September 18. The day-long celebration will feature a parade and over 12 hours of live entertainment on Connecticut’s front lawn stage—including performances by the Savage Brothers Band, Mass-Conn-Fusion, Coastal Chordsmen and Jamie’s Junk Show.

The Connecticut Building is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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