Weekend of music and pop culture planned at Tioga Downs, April 18-19

Tioga Downs is offering something for everyone this coming weekend at the racing and entertainment complex. Guests of all ages are invited to attend a country music concert on Saturday, April 18 and a comic book and pop culture show on Sunday, April 19.

The weekend of entertainment begins Saturday with the Rascal Flatts tribute band, Broken Road, performing on the Tioga Downs stage at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Tioga Downs Gift Shop and all Ticketmaster locations. The pop/country group, Rascal Flatts, has an impressive collection of #1 hits to its credit, many of which will be performed as part of this tribute concert.

Sunday’s River Road Expo welcomes the public to interact with professionals from the comic book industry. Comic book authors who have been published by Marvel Comics, DC and more will sign autographs free of charge. There is also no charge for admission to the expo, which runs from noon until 5 p.m. Local comic book retailers will be on hand to help visitors shop for special additions to their collections. Vendors of unique and handmade gifts will offer unusual or hard to find items.

Comic book fans are encouraged to come to the River Road Expo dressed as their favorite character, as long as all costumes are in good taste and meet all safety guidelines suggested by the event.

“We are looking forward to welcoming guests of all ages for a day of family fun,” said Tom Osiecki, president of Tioga Downs. “We are hoping many guests will decide to dress up and come out and support local businesses.”

For complete details, including a list of artists, vendors and rules, please visit www.riverroadexpo.com.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y. and Vernon Downs in Vernon, N.Y. Gural is in the process of preparing a new proposal to apply for the state’s final full gaming license. Once awarded, Tioga Downs will expand 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. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.