Where Turkeys Go After They Are Pardoned By The President?


B3YPfWuCIAAgCauPresident Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey, “Popcorn,” with his daughters Sasha and Malia during an event at the White House in Washington. It’s a presidential tradition to “pardon” a turkey on the eve of every Thanksgiving — and now we know where the lucky birds go to retire. After the ceremony at the White House, this year’s spared turkey will head to Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. In past years, the birds have gone to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. “Before that, Disney World. And before that, Disney Land,” said Keith Williams, a spokesperson for the National Turkey Federation. “And about maybe 10 or 20 years ago, they went to a petting zoo in the area.” The federation works with different farmers each year to send two birds to the White House. One will be pardoned, and the other is a backup. Neither is really at risk of winding up on the First Family’s dinner table, Williams said. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2

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