1. Eastern States Exposition looks to its history, traditions in scoping out opportunities for growth

    Eastern States Exposition looks to its history, traditions in scoping out opportunities for growth

    According to Cassidy, the ESE is the biggest cultural event that takes place on the Eastern seaboard, hosting nearly 1.5 million people during the 17 days of the fair. In addition, throughout the year, they host nearly as many people at the many shows and events that take place on their grounds, including educational events at historic Storrowton Village, and events which are promoted by others – agricultural events, trade shows, and consumer shows – as well as hungry patrons at Storrowton Tavern and Carriage House.  Cassidy noted one of the biggest challenges facing the Eastern States Exposition is an aging ...

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    1. We pursued an agreement with Hard Rock because we perceived that a development in Springfield would put enormous stress on our future viability. Additionally, we truthfully believed that our mission and success as an attraction coupled with our location offered a better recipe for the region's combined success.
    2. The big acts that we bring-in, and unfortunately must charge for, cost generally in the $200,000 range, some are much more. For example, Reba McIntyre charged us $325,000. We generally give acts away or subsidize larger acts in the $100,000 range.
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