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What is the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Dog Program?

The Eastern States Exposition (ESE), commonly known as “The Big E,” is a regional 4-H dog show usually held during the last weekend of September.  The show is held in West Springfield, Massachusetts at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds.  All participants MUST compete in Ice Breaker Games, Showmanship, Obedience, and take a mandatory quiz. Participants have the opportunity to participate on a quiz bowl team, in a fun agility class and in other game classes (these events may be required by the state or the show committee and participants must compete in them if requested).  Participants may either compete with their dog or go as a steward, without a dog.  Delegates who bring their dogs must be prepared to leave their dogs in crates in the Mallary Arena overnight while the participants stay in dorms.  Stewards must come prepared to work in the rings on Saturday morning and all day Sunday and stay in the dorms at night.  Participants are chosen to represent their state by their state’s selection process.  Maine’s selection process can be found below.  Also found below are pictures of Maine’s 2008 Eastern States Exposition Canine Team.

Eastern States Exposition Information & Forms

  • 2014 Eastern States Exposition Intent Form (Word | PDF)

Previous ESE Qualifying Quizzes

2004 – (Word | PDF)
2005 – (Word | PDF)

Pictures from Previous Eastern States Expositions

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies


Novice B Obedience

Novice B Obedience


Some Awards Received by Maine 4-Hers

Some Awards Received by Maine 4-H’ers


Steward Showmanship

Steward Showmanship


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