BIG APPLE INVITATIONAL
The Seventh Annual Big Apple
Invitational, an all-age, all-variety pigeon extravaganza held
in metropolitan New York, will be held on Saturday, November 22,
2014. For the first time, the National Show Racing Pigeon
Association will hold their 83rd Annual Show in conjunction with
the Big Apple Invitational. The combination of these two shows
promises to bring more action, more exhibitors, more vendors,
more visitors and more buyers of products and pigeons.
This will be the third year the Big
Apple Invitational is being held at the Eastern Greenwich Civic
Center in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The Racing Pigeon show has
been held at the same facility for a number of years, and these
two groups have decided to combine the shows into one date to
create a pigeon extravaganza. The doors will open at 8:30am.
Different breeds will begin judging at different times, however
in all cases all birds must be penned by 11 am.
The Big Apple Invitational with the
Racing Pigeon Association’s Show will continue and expand upon
the many benefits and conveniences for the greater New York area
fancier that have characterized this show. The Greenwich Civic
Center features substantial free on-site parking, easy
accessibility from I-95, plenty of space with high ceilings in
the main room, and plenty of light (both natural and from new
The Big Apple Invitational always has
large entries of several breeds including Domestic Show Flights
run by the New York Combine, Short-Face Tumblers run by the
Empire Short-Face Tumbler Club, Show Tipplers run by the
American Tippler Union, and Pouters and Croppers run by the
National Pouter and Cropper Club, together with substantial
entries of New York Flying Flights, Nuns, Bronze Tipplers,
Jacobins, Fantails, Rollers, Doves, Flying Baldheads, Danish
Tipplers, Rare Breeds and many, many more. The National Show
Racing Pigeon Association brings significant entries of Show
Racers, German Beauty Homers, and Un-flown Racing Homers.
The show will have several vendors for
all of your pigeon supply needs, including Foy’s Pigeon Supply,
Charles Siegel and Co., and United Pigeon Supply featuring
Versele-Laga pigeon feed. There will be varied and plentiful
food concessions for breakfast and lunch including a room with
plenty of tables for people to sit and relax while eating. Those
looking to buy or sell pigeons will find a large pigeon sale
The Eastern Greenwich Civic Center is
located just over the Connecticut border in Old Greenwich, CT
just off Exit 5 or 6 of I-95. Directions and Entry Forms can be
found under the Big Apple Invitational page on this website. We
have made arrangements with La Quinta Inn at 135 Harvard Ave.,
Stamford, CT 06912 for discounted accommodations of $85.50 per
night double or single (price good for Nov. 21 or 22 or both
nights) for the those traveling from out of town. Call (203)
357-7100 to book by October 23, 2014 and be sure to mention the
“Big Apple” to get the discounted rate when making reservations.
The Big Apple is an NPA sponsored
show. NPA District Two Director Paul Cali will be on hand to
answer any questions or provide information on the NPA. A 50/50
Raffle will be held and appropriately, free delicious apples
will be available as well.
All breeds with at least two
exhibitors will receive an NPA Champion Certificate as well as
Big Apple certificates of achievement. Each breed with at least
20 entries will receive a gorgeous crystal Best of Breed award.
For more information call or email Sal
Gigante at (914) 664-6327 and Flights1@yahoo.com, or Peter
Fratangelo Jr. at email@example.com. Entries for Show
Racers, German Beauty Homers, and Racing Homers should use the
National Show Racing Pigeon Association’s Entry Form, and follow
its instructions including where to mail the entry.
All other Breeds should use the Big
Apple Invitational Entry Form also available on this website,
and those entries should be sent to the Show Superintendent
Andrew Franze at United Pigeon Association, 1461 Blondell
Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461, (914) 356-5100 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you at The Big Show on
November 22, 2014!