THE BIG E FAIR. One of the 10 largest fairs in North America, the Eastern States Exposition takes place Sept. 18-Oct. 4, in West Springfield, Mass., with livestock, concerts, a circus and daily Mardi Gras parades. And, of course, the fair will offer its iconic Big E cream puffs - 50,000 of them will be prepared on site. Over 1 million attended last year. Advance tickets are $10 ($8 ages 6-12). Details at thebige.com.