Friday, November 20, 2015

Tioga Downs Toy, Collectible show to benefit Toys for Toys, local foodbank

Public invited to shop, help those in need

Nichols, N.Y. - November 19, 2015 - A Toy and Collectible Show taking place this weekend at Tioga Downs is giving the community a chance to shop for the holidays and help those in need this season. The show, which features antique toys, trains, coins and collectibles, takes place Saturday, November 21 from 11 am - 7 pm and Sunday, November 22 from 10 am - 6 pm.

The event is being sponsored by the Marketplace at Tioga Downs, Early Owego Antique Center, Owego Elks Emporium, Dunbar Antiques and 'Erb Lady-Owego, Mapes Auction Gallery and Bostwicks Auctions.

The Toy and Collectible Show is free and open to the public, and all those attending are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots. Each person who donates will receive three entries per toy to win multiple door prizes.

"It's never too early to start thinking about how we can help brighten someone else's holiday," said Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural. "We invite the community to join us in giving back in a small way to help others. Even a modest gift goes a long way in spreading joy this time of year."

Fees paid by vendors to participate in the event will be donated to the Foodbank of the Southern Tier.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit