Binghamton loses tradition of Big Splash, moves to Owego this year

I’m really happy and excited to send information out about the 4th annual Big Splash this year in Owego, NY. This year’s lineup is absolutely incredible, and is going to simply be a blast. I’ll be bringing my dancing shoes!

It is with a degree of frustration that I announce this in Owego, rather than Rec Park in Binghamton as it has been for the past 3 years. Our newly elected Mayor of the City of Binghamton, Rich David, has quickly developed a reputation as being very media savvy, and rather than go on the record as being in favor of fracking, he prefers to quietly sit on permit applications until they are too late to act on. He has allowed his petty political opinions to hurt our local businesses and community by making it incredibly difficult to obtain permits for anything at all. Big Splash draws thousands of people from out of town who spend their money locally, and show an awesome side of our City, and I’m quite unhappy to see our city lose this event.

I invite you to call the Mayor’s Office at (607) 772-7zero01, and let them know that you are not in favor of his hurting local businesses by not granting permits for events which help the City.

All of this aside, here are details on the 4th Annual Owego Big Splash Sustainability Fair:

On May 24th and 25th the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will present The Susquehanna River Big Splash Sustainability Fair at the Tioga County Fairgrounds (Marvin Park) in Owego, New York. Please join us for two days of music, green business exhibitions, local foods, and workshops. There will be a presentation from Southern Tier Solar Works about their new Broome/Tioga County solar initiative.

The music line up is bigger and better than ever this year! We are excited to announce that Driftwood, Tara Nevins and Buffalo Zydeco (Donna the Buffalo Zydeco Set), One Fly Down (featuring members of the Horse Flies), Thousands of One, Big Mean Sound Machine, The Falconers, Jeb and Friends, The Band of Strings, Milkweed, Alpha Brass Band, Hank Roberts, The Woodshed Prophets, Tumbleweed Highway, The Zydeco Po’ Boys, InnerMission, Pasty White and Doublewide, Pete Ruttle, and many more will be joining us this Memorial Day Weekend.

The Sustainability Fair will feature renewable energy vendors, home efficiency companies, local farmers, not for profit groups, environmental advocacy groups, and local artisans. We are still accepting applications for vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, and sponsors. Please contact Bess Greenberg at for applications and more information regarding participating in the event.

What: Susquehanna River Big Splash Sustainability Fair, presented by the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance.

When: Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th noon to 10pm

Where: Tioga County Fair Grounds (Marvin Park), Owego, New York

Tickets: Tickets are available at Las Chica’s Taqueria in Owego, and at the Cyber Café in Binghamton. Weekend pass: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Day Pass: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are FREE!

Camping: Onsite camping will be available. Tents, RVs, and Campers are all welcome. The cost is $20 per Tent, RV, or Camper for the weekend.

Sponsors: ETM Solar, Visions Federal Credit Union, Renovus Energy, Weaver Wind Energy, Tioga County Council on the Arts, Visit Tioga County, NY, Historic Owego Marketplace , Triple Cities Carousel, and more.

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