Pilgrim Mickey and National Turkey Federation Chairman Ted Seger present the two saved birds at Ten Star Ranch in Dubois, Ind.
Two turkeys will receive presidential pardons from President George W. Bush at The White House on Tuesday, in the 60th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. Following their presidential pardons, the two turkeys will join Super Bowl stars and other celebrities by “Going to Disney World” for a celebratory parade in their honor.
The pair will be flown first-class to Walt Disney World to star in the Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 22 in the Magic Kingdom. Both of the two tom turkeys are 21-weeks old and weigh approximately 45 pounds each.
U.S. President Harry S. Truman was the first Commander-in-Chief to be presented with a Thanksgiving turkey (in 1947) by the National Turkey Federation. This year’s presentation marks the 60th anniversary of a tradition that has continued through 10 successive presidential administrations.
Photos by Diana Zalucky