The VPDA was originally founded by a handful of WWII veterans upon returning home from service. The first meeting was held in the back of a feed store in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The club has remained active ever since and has maintained committed to its roots of promoting the hobby. Many of the early years centered around the Tidewater Region but today most events are more centrally located in the greater Richmond area. The club has members from all parts of the state as well as out of state members.
The hobby of keeping and showing pigeons and doves has become ever increasingly difficult due to zoning restrictions as well as lessening interest from youth in the keeping of domestic livestock. The hobby offers a variety of intersting facets such as breeds that are aerial performers, fancy show type breeds, utility breeds for consumption etc. The members are always willing to step in a help new members with getting started and finding some good stock.
There are literally hundreds of fancy breeds that are shown throughout the world. Ornaments such as feathers on the feet, large tails, unique postures, curled feathers, inflated globes, etc are often seen.
There are a number of flying and performing breeds, each with a unique attribute. Racing homers are well known for their ability to return from long distances. Rollers perform series of somersaults mid air. Tipplers fly so high that they disappear from sight for hours on end.
There are a number of utility breeds that are bred as a food source. These birds produce large squabs suitable for the table. The Giant Runt pictured may exceed three pounds in weight.
The most common type of dove kept is the Ringneck Dove. They come in a variety of colors and are easy to breed. The pure white variety is what is used in magic acts.