MN Turkeys Heading To DC 21 Nov 11

Two Minnesota grown turkeys get an official send-off at Willmar High School today (MON) before going to Washington to be pardoned by President Barack Obama on Wednesday. They come from a flock of 30 potential presidential turkeys raised and socialized by FFA members in Willmar. The White House tradition dates to 1947. Minnesota is the country’s top turkey producer, and the lucky tom comes from the farm of National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga, who’ll present it to the first family. Four students will also travel to Washington. Minnesota turkeys have starred at White House pardons 11 times, most recently in 2005. Both pardoned birds this year will live out their days at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.