Creative Arts

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that for the safety of our fairgoers, staff, vendors, entertainers, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers & the broader community, the 2020 Big E has been cancelled and there will not be any Creative Arts competitions, judging, or exhibits.

The information contained in the links on this webpage are posted for reference only. All dates referred to in 2020 are cancelled. The webpage will be updated with 2021 information by mid-May 2021.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding this year.We look forward to welcoming everyone to the 2021 Big E Fair, September 17 to October 3, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are there any Creative Arts judging of entries in 2020?

No, unfortunately, there will be no competitions or judging of any entries in 2020.We hope you will enter in 2021.

If I submitted an entry for 2020, what will happen to the fees paid and my entry.

We will process and mail a refund of any entry fees paid for 2020.You will need to resubmit an entry for 2021 when we open entries in May 2021 for the 2021 Big E Fair. If you entered a photograph, you will need to upload your photograph for 2021; they will not remain in our system from 2020.

Will you still accept entries for the 2020 theme “20” for the 2021 Big E Fair?

Yes, the 2021 theme will be “20”. We know many of you already had your “20” projects started and we look forward to displaying them in 2021.

Will you be extending the made within 3 years rule for crafts and taken within 1-year rule for photography entries in 2021?

Yes, we will update the 2021 catalog to extend to 4 years for crafts and 2 years for photography entries for 2021 only.

How can I be added or remain on the email list to be notified of dates in 2021?

If you are already receiving emails, you will remain on the list and you will be contacted in 2021.If you would like to be added to the email list for 2021 to receive announcements about when entries will begin to be received for 2021, new contests and deadlines, please email

Is the Creative Arts office in the New England Center open?

The Creative Arts office has been closed for the remainder of 2020.

If I have any questions about the Creative Arts?

Please email

We hope to see you in 2021. September 17-October 3, 2021.