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It’s Time for the Presidential Pardoning…

November 27, 2013

The media had a sizable turnout at a pre-turkey-pardoning event at the Willard Hotel, with the likes of CNN, the Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, Tokyo Broadcasting System and Washington City Paper turning out to learn more about the real turkeys involved in this annual presidential tradition.

People can still vote online to determine which bird gets the National Thanksgiving Turkey title. But don’t worry, both turkeys will survive, and be pampered on a Virginia farm for the rest of their lives. The two finalists are Popcorn and Caramel, both of whom were raised on a farm in Minnesota by John Burkel, the chairman of the National Turkey Federation.

The turkeys will have spent two nights in their own private suite in the Willard Hotel before the president pardons one of them today. Parts of the suite were transformed to resemble their barns. The National Turkey Federation footed the bill for the room.

Even among the elite, not all turkeys are created equal. Burkel says Popcorn is his favorite turkey. But, both Popcorn and Caramel were chosen out of 8,000 turkeys. The turkeys are 19 weeks old and weigh about 38 pounds.

SOURCE: Washington City Paper

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