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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 high-powered fixtures).

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 section.

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 pfratangelo@hotmail.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 andrewfranze@me.com.

Hope to see you at The Big Show on November 22, 2014!

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