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Turkeys from Walcott to get Presidential pardon

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A Walcott farmer had the honor of raising the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

A Walcott farmer had the honor of raising the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

WALCOTT, Iowa — An Iowa farmer will spend his Thanksgiving in Washington, D. C. this year celebrating his flock of turkeys.

As the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, Ron Kardel was chosen this year to raise the Presidential Flock.

Two birds will make the trip to Washington, D. C. to be pardoned by President Donald Trump this year at the White House.

During a small send-off celebration Friday afternoon, the turkeys were held in a small pen draped with red, white and blue.

They’re raised mostly the same as the other turkeys on the farm, except they are housed in a separate building, and they are given a little more personal attention.

“For us and our family, it’s a huge honor,” explained Kardel, “We get to take our kids and grandkids into the Rose Garden and meet the President and his wife.

The turkeys will be driven to Washington, D. C. in a van, but the second they arrive, the celebration begins.

“It really is an honor, and we want to treat it as special as it is for all of Iowa agriculture,” explained Dr. Dan Thomson, Chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.

Once they’re pardoned the turkeys will live out their days at Iowa State, under the care of the students and staff.

“Who’s gonna tell the White House what to do?” Kardel said.

“And to all Iowans, buy two, three four, or five turkeys this year.

Eat lots of turkey next week for Thanksgiving, and count your blessings.

We really do have a lot to be thankful for this year. ”

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