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An American show racer
ALTON — Don Bryant of Godfrey will showcase his hobby of pigeon racing from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Senior Services Plus, 2603 North Rodgers Ave.
Pigeon racing is the sport of releasing specially trained pigeons that return to their homes over a carefully measured distance. While there is no proof, there are compelling reasons to think the sport of racing pigeons may go back to 220 A.D. or earlier.
The sport was introduced into the United States about 1875, although regular racing did not begin until 1878. The sport of pigeon racing is well established in the United States and growing. According to the American Racing Pigeon Union, one of two large accrediting groups, there are 15,000 registered lofts in the United States.
Guests can see a racing pigeon in action to find out if they would be interested in the hobby. For information, call (618) 465-3298 ext. 146.