Press / Media

Visitor Profile Research Study Results Unveiled

All interested businesses and residents are invited to hear the presentation by Berkeley Young of Young Strategies, Inc., who will be here from Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, March 6, at 8:30 am to present the results of our year-long tourism study done in 2013. The study was done to analyze Tioga County’s tourism market to determine visitor market segmentation, primary feeder markets, walk-in occupancy, primary drivers of visitation, perceptions of Tioga County as a destination and the attractors that induce overnight visitors, and strategies to future marketing opportunities. The presentation will be held in the Tioga County Office Building Auditorium, 56 Main Street, Owego.

Jeff Gural to Sponsor Honor Flight Trip

Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols, announced recently that he will be funding an Honor Flight Trip intended to transport, free of charge, WWI, Korean War, and terminally ill veterans to Memorials n Washington DC on April 12. Working with Deanna Deneen, head of the Honor Flight Hub serving the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of PA, will arrange the flight to facilitate 50 veterans and their guardians for a visit to the Memorials. The flight will depart Binghamton, NY on April 12, fly to DC for visits to the Korean War Memorial and the WWI Memorial located on the National Mall. A stop is also planned at the Changing of the Guards in Arlington. The flight will be met by charter buses that will transport the veterans and the buses will receive an honorary escort to the Memorials.

Owego Strawberry Festival Invites You!

The Historic Owego Marketplace in downtown Owego is pleased to announce plans for the upcoming 34th Annual Strawberry Festival to be held Friday night, 5:30-10:30 pm June 20 and on Saturday, June 21, 9:00-5:00 pm.

This annual event is host to over 20,000 guests each year; offering plenty of food, entertainment on every street corner, and up to 200 vendors. According to Stella Reschke, Tioga County Tourism Director, the festival committee has tried to incorporate new and exciting activities for the festival to attract visitors from all over. “We usually see lots of new faces come in for the festival from all over the Northeast because strawberries are a universally much-loved fruit, and it’s just a really fun couple of days.” said Reschke.

The Strawberry Festival has included some new and returning features to this year’s event. In addition to the over 200 vendors and the fabulous entertainment throughout the streets on Friday’s Block Party and on Saturday, the festival will also include:

  • “Straw Dogs Strut Their Stuff”
  • Fireworks over the River
  • “Strawberry Shake” 5K Run/Walk
  • “Strawberry Shortcake” 1 Mile Kids’ Run
  • Wine & Beer Tasting Tent
  • Rubber Ducky Derby
  • Chicken BBQ
  • Annual Pig Roast
  • Rock Climbing Wall