So Minnesota: Local farmers have played role in White House turkey pardon tradition

Joe Mazan
Updated: November 23, 2020 10:28 PM
Created: November 23, 2020 08:19 PM

With Thanksgiving coming up, Americans can expect the tradition of a turkey being pardoned by the president at the White House. 

What some may not know is that Minnesota has played a big role in the tradition. 

Over the years, more than a few Minnesota turkeys have made their way to the White House and have been saved by the leader of the free world. 

"It's kind of like winning the lottery," Sarah Anderson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association said. "Your turkey is going to Disney Word. It's a fun experience." 


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