- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - This year’s Eastern States Exposition fair is drawing record crowds.

Officials at The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, say they recorded 170,612 fair-goers on Saturday, breaking the daily attendance record of 169,866 set in 1980.

The 98-year-old fair features concerts, carnival rides, food, animal exhibits and goods from all six New England states. It ends next weekend.

Total attendance for this year’s fair topped 705,000 on Saturday. The Big E set a total attendance record last year of 1.5 million.

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