South Dakota Turkeys to Travel to D.C. for Thanksgiving Pardon

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Law alumnus Jeff Sveen was asked to raise the turkeys who received pardon from the President of the United States this Thanksgiving.

Every year, the United States President is gifted a turkey and pardons it as part of a Thanksgiving tradition. This year, the pardoned turkeys came from Riverside Colony near Huron. Sveen raised 50 turkeys who lived the “suite life” in preparation to be the presidential turkeys. This was the first year South Dakota was asked to raise the Thanksgiving day turkeys.

When the two special turkeys arrived in D.C., they stayed at the Willard InterContinental Hotel and received spa services to help them primp for the president.

The turkeys will spend the rest of their lives at Gobbler's Rest, a special facility at Virginia Tech. 

Watch an informational video produced by South Dakota Poultry Association about the presidential turkeys.

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