1. Eastern States Exposition loses $330K from canceled events; still planning for fall Big E

    Eastern States Exposition loses $330K from canceled events; still planning for fall Big E

    Groups have cancelled 31 events, shows and competitions that had been planned for the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, but the fair’s president says he’s confident The Big E itself will go on in five months. On Thursday, the inaugural Hooplandia 3-on-3 basketball tournament — which was expected to bring 10,000 players of all ages to the fairgrounds and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while injecting $12 million into the local economy — was canceled because of COVID-19. Organizers said they plan to hold the first tournament in 2021 instead.

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    1. We are still planning the fair at the same speed at which we would normally.
    2. We are going full steam ahead with the Eastern States Exposition for 2020.
    3. Come the fall lessons will have been learned.
    4. Some people are going to be very wary about being out in crowded places.
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