The Royal Pigeon Racing Association Show of the Year takes place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. It’s known locally as the Pigeon Show.
It’s the largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in Great Britain and this will be it’s 47th time in the resort. There’s something at the show for everyone who is interested in pigeons.
Weekend of Saturday/Sunday 19 and 20 January 2019
Trade stand exhibitors include various groups and organisations. There are talks, films and young fanciers areas. The main event is the showing and judging of thousands of the top pigeons in the UK. Plus, it’s a great chance for pigeon fanciers to meet up.
Show participants bring along more than 2,000 homing pigeons, making it the largest event of its kind in Europe.
Photos from the 2018 Pigeon Show
In 2018, official Visit Fylde Coast Contributors Dawn Mander and Kate Yates went along on a photographic assignment. Take a look at their great photos in this gallery –
There are 120+ trade stands for everything pigeon. Each year the show brings around 15,000 visitors to Blackpool over the course of the weekend. Including visitors from all over the UK, there’s always a large number of international guests.
More about Blackpool Pigeon Show
Organised by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA) it’s dubbed the “Crufts of the pigeon world”. The event is the largest in the world and sees fanciers of all ages from all regions in the UK making the annual trip to Blackpool.
Thousands of pigeons change hands at sales and auctions, where £10 to £10,000 can be paid for a pedigree racing pigeon or its offspring. The pigeons on display are all trying to win best in show, with the winner going on to the Supreme Champion class.
Ian Evans is the General Manager of the RPRA and says “This is a huge event in our calendar and it’s always popular amongst attendees. Pigeon racing is not simply just a hobby for the fancying community. For many, the pass time helps people to stay active and social. The population of pigeon fanciers is made up of those from all different backgrounds and the event is a great chance for our members to enjoy a weekend away together. It’s a delight to host such an amazing show and gather our members and their birds all in one place, providing them the opportunity of companionship and friendship.”
In recent years the show organisers have worked hard to change the image of this traditional sport. Fanciers range in age from six years to over 90 years of age, bringing their prize pigeons to the show. It really is an event that appeals to both young and old alike.
As always, there’ll be an eclectic mix of trade stands, with fanciers being able to buy anything from a £25,000 mahogany loft to a bag of pigeon corn.
Pigeon Show is Great for Blackpool!
This event is also a big one for the Blackpool economy. It provides a boost for local businesses at what could be a quiet time of year and generates around £10 million for the local economy.
Every year visitors to the show have helped to raise money for various charities, with nearly £3 million raised so far.
Tickets for the show can be purchased on the day at the Winter Gardens box office.
Further information is available on the RPRA website
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