Two lucky turkeys will not be making it to anyone’s dinner table this Thanksgiving.
The two turkeys, who have not yet been selected, are part of The Presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey that started in 1947 with President Harry Truman.
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Following the White House presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” the turkeys will head to Virginia Tech University where they will join Tater and Tot, last year’s turkey and wingman, and live out their days in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“The relationship between the National Turkey Federation and Virginia Tech’s Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences helps showcase the modern turkey industry while maintaining a connection to the past, which is appropriate with this year’s 70th observance of the White House presentation,” said National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger.
The two turkeys will be chosen from a “presidential flock” of turkeys raised in Minnesota, according to a release from Virginia Tech. The turkeys will be selected based on their appearance and temperament.
The presidential turkeys will then head to Washington, D.C., where they will stay at a hotel near the White House for the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation.
“Tater and Tot are very excited to get some new neighbors,” said Rami Dalloul, a poultry immunologist at Virginia Tech.
The turkeys will have public visiting hours, but those have not yet been announced.
To follow the turkeys’ journey, use the hashtag #PresidentialTurkey2017 on social media.
For more information, visit http://presidentialturkey.com/.