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No Turkey Here: Iowa Governor Pardons Young Pig

Posted at: 02/08/2013 12:02 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has pardoned a 2-month old pig from a central Iowa farm in celebration of a popular bacon festival.

Branstad stood outside the governor's mansion in Des Moines Friday morning to pardon the Berkshire breed named Bonnie. The ceremony was ahead of Saturday's Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Bonnie was selected at random from a farm in State Center that works under Eden Farms. A spokesman for the Des Moines-based coalition of independent family farmers says Bonnie is expected to become a pet and enjoy the great outdoors.

Officials say more than 8,000 people are expected to eat more than 10,000 pounds of bacon at the festival this year. Tickets for this year's event sold out just over three minutes.

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2/8/2013 11:59:29 AM (GMT -6:00)