Rockingham County Turkey to be Pardoned by President Obama

Two Virginia-raised turkeys are heading to Washington for an annual Thanksgiving tradition.

Courtesy: CBS News

HARRSIONBURG, Va. (AP) -- Two Virginia-raised turkeys are heading to Washington for an annual Thanksgiving tradition.

The Rockingham County toms are scheduled to leave Monday for Washington where President Barack Obama will pardon one of the two on Wednesday.

Two birds are sent to the White House in the event one falls ill during its trip to Washington from Harrisonburg.

The birds were raised by Craig and Nancy Miller just outside Harrisonburg. Craig Miller said the two toms each weighing 40 pounds were raised separately from the 43,000 hens he tends under contract with Cargill Inc.

A motorcade will deliver the two birds and they'll spend two nights in the W Hotel before the annual White House ceremony. They'll be retired at Mount Vernon.

The Miller family will join their birds in Washington.


WHSV.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WHSV-TV3
50 North Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9191 - Switchboard 540-433- 4028 - Fax 540-433-2700 - News Fax

WSVF Public Inspection File

Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 179960131 - whsv.com/a?a=179960131
Gray Television, Inc.