The Big E is immense. There's now an app ( like for Disney World) to help with allocating your time. The fairgrounds has cement or tar throughout so it's tough on feet and legs. Wear well cushioned, comfortable walking shoes and plan on alternating sitting with standing attractions. There's usually an event in the Colleseum with plenty of seating. There are bleachers in the agricultural area and benches in Farm-A-Rama. Affordable vibrating foot massage (Footsie) machines are strategically positioned throughout the fairgrounds. These help. Each day is a different event so check the app or online to pick your day at the fair. Weekend crowds are huge so a vacation day mid-week or raincoats and an inclement weather trip will get you the best experience. Food prices are in the $8.00 range but portions are large so plan on sharing. There seems to be a cross-fairgrounds fee for drinks ( min. $3.00) in 2015 so bring water to stretch your budget. Stay for the parade that circles the fairgrounds at day's end. Your first visit probably won't be your last.