Volunteer at The Big E

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Friday, September 15 – Sunday, October 1, 2023

If you sign up, please email bige@nhgsa.com to get your ticket.

Shifts are 3-4 hours long and there are always 2 management staff, plus up to 4 volunteers in the booth. Shifts begin at 9:30am and run through 9:00pm daily. You can volunteer for one shift or several.

Make it a get-a-way and volunteer for a shift on two consecutive days and stay over. That gives you plenty of time to play and enjoy the expo!

The New Hampshire Building is part of the Avenue of States, which boasts impressive replicas of each New England state’s original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state. In 2022, 1,603,354 people made the Big E their destination for fun. An estimated 90% of those fair-goers visit the Avenue of States, according to Big E exit surveys. Most of those (82%) are looking for food and shopping, but a substantial number (38%) are seeking travel information. In real numbers, that’s about 1.4 million visitors to the Avenue of States, and 609,275 people who are specifically looking for tourism information. About 75% of those who were looking for travel literature planned to travel to NH after the fair (that’s 456,956 guests).

There is no need to have extensive knowledge of New Hampshire to volunteer. Our brochures are set up by region, there is a computer on site for looking things up and we have numerous resource sheets along with the personal knowledge of your co-workers. All you need is a love for New Hampshire and an authentic smile!

We have an in-person training/orientation scheduled for Friday, September 1st at 10am at the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, 172 Pembroke Road, Concord NH and a virtual orientation on Thursday, September 7, 10am.


Granite State Ambassadors is able to offer discounted 2, double bed, full kitchenette rooms at Candlewood Suites, West Springfield for $110 per night on a first-come/first-served basis that are booked directly through us. View our Room Availability. Contact Kelly (kelly@nhgsa.com) to make your reservations. Send your check made out to ‘Granite State Ambassadors’ to PO Box 417, Campton NH 03223. We will be releasing the unreserved rooms in our block on Friday, September 1. After Sept 1, you have to make reservations directly with a local hotel.

Military retirees or Active Guard and Reserve members can get inexpensive lodging at The Flyers Inn on Westover Air Reserve Base in nearby Chicopee. The telephone number is (413) 593-5421. 

DIRECTIONS – this may change – we will keep you posted

Driving Directions to the employee lot (If you are taking Route 202 or Route 90 in, we highly recommend that you get to Route 91 south ABOVE Springfield and come in from this direction to avoid heavy traffic!)

Please note that minors and non-volunteering family members are not allowed on the employee shuttles. You will have to pay to park near or on the grounds.

Directions with map (PDF) Get to Route 91 South above W. Springfield and take Exit 10B (formerly 13B). Turn right off the exit and follow Route 5 (Riverdale Street for about a mile. After the Cinema complex, there is a light. Just after the light, fork to the right onto Elm Street. Candlewood Suites (the GSA hotel) will be on your left. Follow Elm Street for just over a mile. At the third light, turn right onto Park Street. At the first light (at the end of the grassy common) turn left onto Western Ave. The employee parking lot is on your left (you will need your parking hang tag from orientation) – look for white and yellow tent. If this lot is full, they will direct you to continue to end of block and turn left for lot 2.

Google map directions

Big E Grounds Map – click for larger