New Hampshire Tourism Information Booth
in the new hampshire building at The Big E

Granite State Ambassadors are contracting partners for the New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development to assist with the planning, volunteer management, and onsite management of the New Hampshire Tourism Information booth within the New Hampshire building on the Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield, MA for the Big E (September 15-October 1, 2017).


We’re looking for friendly, happy people to volunteer at NH Tourism Booth in the NH Building at The Big E in Springfield, MA. GSA volunteers, friends, and tourism industry folks are invited to volunteer during the 17 day fair. GSA volunteers will receive special event service hours. All volunteers will receive a free ticket to the fair for the day(s) of their volunteer shift(s). Travel and accommodations are on-your-own, but we’ve researched a few options that are listed below. We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Want to know more about the Big E? Visit their website here: http://www.thebige.com/

To have your brochures displayed at the Big E email: bige@dred.nh.gov

Volunteer ORIENTATION:

There will be an orientation meeting at the Division of Travel and Tourism offices in Concord on Thursday, September 7, 10am-noon. While attendance is not required to volunteer, it is strongly recommended that you attend the orientation, especially if you’ve never volunteered before or haven’t been to the orientation in a year or two. Orientation is where you will receive your parking directions and tickets. Please sign up for orientation while you’re signing up for your shifts!   

DEBRIEFING:

We will have a debriefing meeting (and pizza party!) after the fair Thursday, October 12, 11am-noon to hear your feedback.

HOW TO SIGN UP

GRANITE STATE AMBASSADOR (GSA) Volunteers

Click here to sign up for shifts on the online calendar, as you would for anything else. Do NOT fill out the registration form.

FRIENDs OR INDUSTRY MEMBERs

Note: if you volunteered last year, the account you created should still work. You can skip step 1. There is a link to reset forgotten passwords.

STEP 1:
CLICK HERE to register and create an account on our online calendar system

STEP 2:
After you have created an account via the link above, CLICK HERE to go to NHGSA’s volunteer online calendar system and log in using your email address and the password you created when you registered. 

STEP 3:
Once you are logged in, click the CALENDAR tab and then on the date you wish to volunteer or attend orientation. Click the Sign Up button on your desired shift(s).

Questions or help? Kelly at kelly@nhgsa.com

SHOWCASE YOUR BUSINESS, ORGANIZATION, OR CLUB

Sign up on the online calendars and then let Naomi (naomi@nhgsa.com) know that you would like to be the ‘Featured Business/Celebrity‘ for that shift.

If no one has already signed up as the Featured Business/Celebrity, you can put your brochures, samples, etc. on the front counter, post an introduction sign, and use the video monitor if you would like.

This is a great way to put yourself right in front of our primary guest market. Click here for an information sheet for our industry friends.

LODGING OPTIONS

  • NHGSA is able to offer a few discounted kitchenette rooms at Candlewood Suites for $89 per night on a first-come/first-served basis that are booked directly through us. Contact Naomi (naomi@nhgsa.com) to make your reservations.
  • 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.
  • There are dormitory beds available upstairs in the NH Building for $10 per night. Keep in mind that this is a shared space (big open room with cots, men and women separate, one shower for each side) and you have to bring your own bedding and towels. Contact Naomi (naomi@nhgsa.com) for more information.

HOw to get to the big e


If you prefer to use your GPS or Google, the Big E employee parking lot on Western Ave in West Springfield can be reached by inputting 7 Western Ave. If that lot is closed or full, they'll be using the next lot over, which you can reach by taking the next left onto Bliss St., and it will be immediately on the left.


Big E Special Days

Friday, Sept. 15 – Be A Kid For A Day, Military Appreciation Day
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Maine Day & 4-H/FFA Day
Sunday, Sept. 17 – Storrowton Day & Chalice of Salvation Sunday
Monday, Sept. 18 – Salute to West Springfield
Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Rhode Island Day & Salute to Holyoke
Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Connecticut Day
Thursday, Sept. 21 – Massachusetts Day
Friday, Sept. 22 – New Hampshire Day
Saturday, Sept. 23 – Vermont Day
Sunday, Sept. 24 – Grange Day
Monday, Sept. 25 – Salute to Springfield
Tuesday, Sept. 26 – Salute to Chicopee
Wednesday, Sept. 27 – Salute to Agawam
Thursday, Sept. 28 – Salute to Westfield
Friday, Sept. 29 – Harvest New England Day
Saturday, Sept. 30 – TBD
Sunday, Oct. 1 – Salute to Special Olympics

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