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The Eighth Annual Big Apple Invitational, an all-age, all-variety pigeon extravaganza held in metropolitan New York, will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015. For the second year in a row, the National Show Racing Pigeon Association will hold their 84th Annual Show in conjunction with the Big Apple Invitational. Last year was the biggest and best Big Apple Invitational ever with lots of action, many breeds having very large entries of pigeons, large pigeon for-sale areas, several large vendors, great selections of food, and a tremendous number of visitors and buyers of products and pigeons. 2015 promises to be even bigger and better.

This will be the fourth 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 combined their shows last year into one date to create a pigeon extravaganza. The show exceeded everyone’s expectations, and this year will be even better after a year’s experience having these shows together. The doors will open at 8:30am. Different breeds will begin judging at different times and exhibitors should contact show supervisors for their breed for applicable times for their breed, 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 once again 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 delicious food concessions for breakfast and lunch including a room with plenty of tables for people to sit and relax while eating. More food will be available to meet the unprecedented demand that was seen last year. Those looking to buy or sell pigeons will find large pigeon sale sections for both Homers and show pigeons. In a change from last year, people who want to sell birds will be able to reserve and prepay for their cages by using the Big Apple or Racing Pigeon entry forms.

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 (Stamford/New York City location) at 135 Harvard Ave., Stamford, CT 06902 (800-642-4239, Option 1) for discounted accommodations of $85.00 plus tax per night double room (price good for Nov. 20 or 21 or both nights) for the those traveling from out of town. Call 1-800-642-4239, Option 1, to book and be sure to mention the “Big Apple Pigeon Show” to get the discounted rate when making reservations. Reservations must be made at the latest by October 30, 2015, but the rooms are in limited supply so make your reservations as soon as possible to be sure and get the special rate.

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 special 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 which will posted on this site when available, and follow its instructions including where to mail the entry.

All other Breeds should use the Big Apple Invitational Entry Form which will also be 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 andrew.franze@me.com.

Hope to see you at The Big Show on November 21, 2015!

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