The Norman Transcript


January 19, 2014

Pigeon lovers flock to OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY — Bird lovers from across the country flocked to Oklahoma City to celebrate a competition and revamped museum dedicated to the unlikeliest of feathered creatures: the pigeon.

These bird lovers celebrate pigeons for their athleticism and beauty, and hundreds competed to find out whose were the best.

“You just want to win,” said Paul Tapia, 50, as he firmly but gently separated the tail feathers of one of his pigeons, an Indian Fantail, during the National Pigeon Association’s Grand National competition that ended Saturday in Oklahoma City.

The grand national, considered the ultimate pigeon competition for fancy breeders, is held in a different city each year. And this year’s show was held just miles from the American Pigeon Museum and Library, which reopened just in time to lure the hundreds of pigeon lovers already in town.

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