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Upcoming Events with an AU presence.


Friday - Sunday, February 16-18, 2018
Orscheln Farm & Home
1309 N Taylor Ave, Garden, City, KS
Meet & Greet with AU member Daryl Hopkins. He will share information about the racing homing pigeon hobby.
F-S, 8-8
Sun 8-6


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Petoskey District Library Classroom
500 E Mitchell St, Petoskey, MI 49770
Racing Pigeons
Pigeon racing involves releasing specially bred and trained homing pigeons, which then return to their homes over carefully gauged distances. "When people see the birds flying and know they will return home from 500 plus miles, a lot of excitement is generated," comments Mike Netsky, Flying Clovers 4-H Racing Pigeon Club leader. Mike will show a film and discuss how to raise and race these special birds. All ages are welcome, the pigeons will be here too!
Event Type(s): Family Event
Age Group(s): Family
Presenter: Mike Netzky
Sarah Biskup
(231) 758-3100


Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Michiana Bird Society 24th Annual Bird Fair
held at
Mishawaka F.O.P., Lodge 91
1825 E. 12th Street
Mishawaka, Indiana
Join AU member Mike Nemes as he displays his racing homing pigeons. He will have helpful information brochures to share how-to's on the racing hobby.
10 am - 4 pm 
$4. 00 Admission 
Children Under 10 Free
Questions - 574-333-2329


Saturday, March 24, 2018
8th Annual Thunderbird Fly-in
The cost for attending the Fly-in is $5 for public and adults and includes a lunch. The Thunderbird kids pay $10 for lunch and they get to pick their birds.

9:30 am -10:00 am Set up and get started and opening talk by Vicki
10:00 am - 11: 00 am Fit & Show
11:00 am - 11:45 am Demonstrations
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch

During lunch children can take a 3x5 card around and look at the baby birds. They will write down the numbers of the birds cages so they will know where to locate the birds they might like. Pick several birds in case the ones they want are already gone.

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm -  Pigeon Presentation
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm -  Drawings for pigeons
3:15 pm -  Silent auction closes and people pay for items they have bid on.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Clean up 

All the auction proceeds go to the Thunderbirds and will be used for their hats and bands for their birds. Every child that joins our club receives a hat that they can put their winning pins on. 

Anyone that would like to donate young birds to the kids can do so. The kids will fly the birds for young birds, take them to the fair, and then the birds if not taken home by the kids will be put into the Strand loft to be raced as old birds. Thunderbirds can watch the birds and they also get first choice of babies from their birds from previous years.

Lunch will be hot dogs, chili, potato chips, cookies, veggie tray, and homemade food.
If you have any questions please call Vicki at 360-966-4796.


Monday, May 28, 10:00 - 5:00
Wheaton, Illinois
Centennial Commemoration of the Battle of Cantigny

First Division Museum at Cantigny Park - Lobby
1s151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189
Free with paid parking.

AU's Fox Valley Combine will sponsor a several-hundred-pigeon release at the anniversary event. There will also be a separate special release of white pigeons by Fox Valley Combine members Greg Warwick, Scott Onsen, Harry Stewart and Rick Neitzer.

Scheduled events begin at 10 AM with a ceremony, wreath laying and pigeon release. At 1 PM, costumed performers read letters from soldiers spanning from World War I to Operation Desert Storm. Available all day are a contemplative poppy display, family activities and historic vehicles with World War I reenactors.


May 28, 2018, Monday, 10:00 am
Sappington-Concord Historical Society Memorial Day Service

On the Green at St Lucas UCC
11735 Denny Road, St. Louis, Missouri

The Mt. Pleasant RPC will take part in the presentation with a magnificent "100 doves of peace" release and a single "dove" release as tribute to MIA. 

All are invited. The event is open and free to the public. The program will include a marching band, color guard, musical salute to armed forces, and various speakers, including Charlie Klipsch, who will pay tribute to the 100 year anniversary of Cher Ami.
For details, contact

For more information on the Mt. Pleasant Homing Pigeon Club, visit


Friday, June 8, 2018 - Filipino Festival
Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, 415 W University Drive, Edinburg, TX

Join Ramon Vela, Jr. and fellow club members of the Pigeon Racers of South Texas at their booth in the courtyard. They will share their love of the hobby of racing homing pigeons with festival goers. You will be able to pick up informative brochures and fun handouts for the children. Stop by to "pet a pigeon" while you are there!

In an effort to embrace all cultures residing in South Texas, the City of Edinburg promotes awareness and creates a path for mutual understanding and appreciation of heritage differences. Enjoy gathering for a day of enlightenment and a night of food, dance, live music and art! 


Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9am - 3pm
St Lucas UCC Ball Fields

11735 Denny Road
Sunset Hills, MO


Visit with Mt. Pleasant Pigeon Club members at the free one day hands on event, for kids of all abilities (and their families).

This is an educational event featuring Missouri wildlife, aquatic life, birds of prey, first aid, water/bike/fire/poisons safety, racing homing pigeons, plus much more.


Saturday, June 23, 2018
Dixie Southern Shows presents the Georgia Carolina Flown Racing Homing Pigeon Show
(EWHA) Electrical Workers Home Association
6021 Ridge Road, Appling, GA 30602
JUDGING: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, AU Certified Judge, John Hundrup officiating
LUNCH: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
ENTRY FEE: $5.00 per bird. (100% of all show bird entry fees paid out.)
AUCTION: 2:30 PM auction of donated birds.

Contact Johnny Hutcheson

Show Schedule

Show Entry Form


Saturday, July 21, 2018 - Frida Fest
Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, 415 W University Drive, Edinburg, TX
You will have another chance to visit with Ramon Vela, Jr. and his racing pigeon club comrades from the Pigeon Racers of South Texas as they continue to share what they love about the racing homing pigeon hobby.

Frida Fest celebrates the life and legacy of the world-renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It is a fun showcase of celebration and art. This is a family friendly festival and free to all. Bring the kids to find out more about a wonderful hobby the family can share!


August 18, 2018 
Saint Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 9740 Sappington Road, Saint Louis, MO 63128

Remember the doves of peace at the annual SCHS Memorial Day ceremony? They were homing pigeons, released by Charlie Klipsch and the Mount Pleasant Pigeon Club.
Visit Charlie and his pigeons on Saturday, August 18 at 10:00 am. Meet at church in the parking lot along Sappington Road. 10:00 am.
Charlie will tell us about homing and racing pigeons and give a tour of their loft.
RSVP please to 

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August 21-26, 2018
Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair

Emmet County Fairgrounds, 1129 Charlevoix Ave. Petoskey, MI Write a message to send by pigeon! Message writing times each day: 11-12 & 2-3 Bird releases each day: 12:30 & 3:30

The Flying Clovers 4-H Club will display in front of the poultry barn, across from the community center. Stop by to send a message by pigeon and learn more about these amazing birds. Fair phone number: 231-347-1010.

Don't miss the chance to participate and see these amazing birds take off for their home loft!


August 22 - September 3, 2018
New York State Fair
Norm Gee and the Syracuse Racing Pigeon Club will display at the fair again this year. Stop by the booth to say hi and learn more about these amazing, pedigreed and registered racing athletes and the people who enjoy them. Sign up for a beginners booklet to be mailed to you. Kids - stop by for your free maze and word search puzzles!


September 8, 2018
Beckham County Free Fair, Sayre, OK

580-928-3386 - call to confirm location and time of fair for fair details Join members of the Mount Scott Racing Pigeon Club at their fair display. They will share information about the registered, pedigreed racing homing pigeons and fun club competition. Meet the members. Meet the birds. Call David at 580-243-7345 for racing pigeon display details.


September 9, 2018, 11am - 3pm
Bird is the Word
The Children's Garden at the Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532

Join Greg Warwick, Scott Onsen and Dave Braden, from the Fox Valley Racing Pigeon Combine, for a day all about the winged creatures that amaze us - the racing homing pigeons. See these winged athletes up close and watch the beautiful bird release in the Children's Garden. Questions? Kathryn Rybicki, 630-725-2033


October 3 - 14, 2018
The Big Fresno Fair 
1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno, CA 93702

Members of the Selma Racing Pigeon Club will have their feathered athletes displayed, along with helpful information brochures to acquaint you with the birds and the sport. Club member, Ken Larrey, will be on hand to answer any questions. Stop by for racing information and fun handouts.