Where is 'here'?
It's the Nova Scotia Spring Ideal Home Show, taking place at Halifax's Exhibition Park, April 1-3.
Who is 'they'?
They're a pair of highly trained racing pigeons that belong to the Central Nova Racing Pigeon Club (CNRPC). Members of the club, based in Truro, will take part in the show in an effort to promote the sport of Pigeon Racing. The club is affiliated with the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union, whose head office is located in Tilsonburg, ON. It is the governing body that overseas pigeon racing in Canada as well as promotion of the sport.
The greater Truro area is home to a number of 'pigeon guys' already, but there's always room for more. Even outside of the Central Nova area there is definite room for growth in the sport. One of the major hindrances? We are a region with very little history of pigeon racing or even pigeon-keeping, so our most vivid image of pigeons consists of a "dirty bird" on a window ledge, emptying the bird-feeder or messing on the sidewalk.
If you're already planning to be at the home show, makes plans to stop by for a visit. Guys from the CNRPC will have a demo-loft on site, so you'll be able to get a feel for what is involved with raising these incredible athletes. Thanks to a multimedia production entitled Look to the Sky, you'll also get a feel for the history of pigeon-keeping. Not planning to be there, but interested in the hobby, stop by anyway; you'll be glad you did!
Hat's off to Dan Archibald ("chief instigator" and Maritime Director for the CRPU) and the team of CNRPC guys in Truro for pulling together such an incredible presentation and seizing such a timely opportunity to bring this wonderful hobby / sport to a wider audience.
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