Budweiser Clydesdales march in the Big E's daily parade Sept. 14. (Photo Courtesy: the Big E)

Gene Cassidy seemed to make his mark during his first year as president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition – the Big E – by inviting the area’s three local TV affiliates to broadcast their daytime and evening news shows from the fairgrounds.

That decision, plus great weather, helped the fair post phenomenal, record-breaking numbers, with attendance of 1,365,896, no...

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