At a press conference at the Greater Binghamton Airport held Friday, Thomas Osiecki, president and general manager of Tioga Downs and American Racing and Entertainment, announced that Tioga Downs will be the presenting sponsor of the Greater Binghamton Air Show planned for Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5.

"When the Greater Binghamton Airport representatives asked Tioga Downs to help revive the Air Show, we jumped at the chance," said Osiecki. He added with enthusiasm, "Tioga Downs has an eight year history of community involvement. We're proud to be the premiere sponsor of this event. Let the Air Show go on!"

Osiecki also commented that when Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs Casino and CEO of American Racing and Entertainment, got word of the positive impact that the Air Show made on the community by an administrative assistant who works for the company and is originally from Binghamton, N.Y., he decided to pursue how to make it happen again.

Broome County Executive, Debbie Preston, added, "Thanks to the generosity of Tioga Downs, the Greater Binghamton Air Show will return to the skies of Broome County this summer. This will be the first Air Show since 2009."

The Greater Binghamton Airport has recently undergone several construction projects over the past few years and a recent terminal improvement project. Carl Beardsley, commissioner of Aviation at Greater Binghamton Airport, stated during the press conference, "We're excited about this event. Since the last show in 2009, many people have asked when the next one would be, so we are incredibly thankful to Tioga Downs to help make this possible."

Preston also commended Jeff Gural for his community service. Gural recently funded the inaugural Twin Tiers Honor Flight, which flew 75 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials at no cost to the veterans, on Saturday, April 12.

The 2014 Greater Binghamton Air Show will feature seven aerial acts, including the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, an 11 Ship Aerobatic Team, historic WWII War Birds and many world renowned civilian performers doing aerobatic maneuvers with their high performance aircraft. Many of the participating acts have a military background.

The July 4 schedule includes a night show, whereby specially equipped aircraft will carry pyrotechnic devices and launch fireworks. A full fireworks display will close the show on July 4, and a traditional air show is scheduled on Saturday, July 5.

Details regarding ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks. However, during the press conference, it was announced that tickets purchased for July 4 would include admission for the Saturday, July 5 events. Also, discounted ticket prices will be made available if purchased prior to the event.

Follow the Greater Binghamton Airport on Facebook or check for air show information via the airport web site at www.flybgm.com.

As Broome County Executive Debbie Preston said so well, "What better way to celebrate America's Independence than by attending the Greater Binghamton Air Show."