Presidential Pardon of the Turkey

Did you know that every year the President of the United States pardons a turkey?
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As is customary, the President of the United States is expected to pardon a turkey on the eve of Thanksgiving at a White House ceremony. The tradition dates back fifty years to Harry Truman and has been compassionately enforced ever since. The turkey is given to Kidwell Farm, a petting zoo at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, Virginia. The turkey in question gets a last minute pardon before arriving, and is then led to his new home at the Turkey Barn after enduring a turkey "roast" full of poultry humor and history. At the 1997 event President Clinton quipped, "We can all be grateful that there will be one less turkey in Washington."
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