Shelton High marching band shows its stuff at the Big E

The Shelton High School marching band participated in the Connecticut Day parade at the Big E in West Springfield, Mass. on Wednesday. (Photos provided by SHS Headmaster Beth Smith)

The Big E, formally known as the Eastern States Exposition, is essentially an annual state fair for all of New England that lasts more than two weeks in September. This year the Big E goes from Sept. 13 to 29.

The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and includes vendors, rides, agricultural exhibits and demonstrations, live entertainment and other activities.

One highlight is that each of the six New England states has its own day every year, when dignitaries from that state — such as the governor — usually attend. A parade is part of every state day’s festivities.

The SHS Marching Gaels recently were selected as Band of the Week by WFSB-TV (Channel 3 in Connecticut).

Shelton Intermediate agricultural entry

On a related note, a group of Shelton Intermediate School students and SIS science teacher Eric Wolf entered vegetables grown in that school’s community garden in the Bethlehem Fair.

This year’s Bethlehem Fair took place Sept. 5 to 7 at the fairgrounds in the lower Litchfield County town, located northwest of Waterbury.