Big East Powersports Show Adds A Sunday Swap Meet

Big East Powersports Show
The Big East Powersports Show annually fills up the Expo Center on the New York State Fairgrounds site.

Since 1995, snowmobilers and other powersports enthusiasts in the Northeast have kicked off the winter pre-season with the Big East Powersports Show in Syracuse, New York. This year, there’s a whole new reason to be there.

For 2023, the event has added the Big East Swap Meet to its program for Sunday, October 1. It will allow buyers and sellers of used snowmobiles, ATVs, parts, gear and accessories to interact on the New York State Fairgrounds site, right outside of the main show in the Expo Center.

With the swap, there are now specific reasons to attend the show each of its three days, September 29-October 1.

Big East Swap Meet Adds To The Show

Opening day for this year’s Big East Powersports Show is Friday, September 29. When the doors swing open at 4 p.m., there’s always a rush of excitement. From checking out the new sleds to getting in on great deals at dealer displays, meeting snowmobile industry insiders or just hanging out with fellow riders, Fridays at the Big East have always been something special. It’s annually the weekend’s most enthusiastic crowd.

The last couple of years, Saturday has been punctuated by the Big East Classic. It’s a high-end, national vintage snowmobile show in the parking lot. Organized by Ron Fesko and his crew, the Big East Classic features an extremely colorful display of snowmobiling’s fascinating history. There are a horde of sleds and brands from bygone days neatly displayed. Participating sleds are judged in 15 different categories, and the competition is fierce.

Saturday also features the show’s longest hours. That allows people to check out the Classic, go inside to shop for gear, take in an interesting presentation from folks like Levi LaVallee or MJ Thompson, check out the trailers, shop for performance parts, seek new products and much more from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Big East Classic
The Big East Classic is back for its third year, celebrating the sport’s colorful history.

The show wraps up every year on Sunday with more of the same inside the show hall. This year, the Big East Swap Meet is expected to draw more people than normal to the event’s closing day.

The swap area is specifically aimed at person-to-person sales – not businesses. And the goal is to have used products from model year 2000 and newer. Look for a used sled or ATV, pick up some used riding gear, or get the used clutch, speedometer or shocks you were seeking for your project sled. Sunday show hours at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the swap expected to wrap up by 3 p.m. Only used products are allowed in the swap meet area; new products will be inside the Expo hall.

If you’re interesting in learning more on how to sell used gear and/or equipment at the show, contact Ron at 315/415-5025. If you’re interested in exhibiting inside the show hall, call Mark at 763/383-4433 or email to And for more information about the show overall, including tickets, visit

From family friendly displays and a youth scavenger hunt to more social areas to grab a few beverages with friends, the Big East continues to evolve.  Get great deals on gear for the family. Get your picture taken inside of a huge snow globe. See the 2024 snowmobiles in person and much more. We look forward to seeing you there, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Levi LaVallee
Getting to meet folks like Levi LaVallee and hearing his incredible stories live is always a big attraction.

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