Badger High School Students Send Off Turkey to Get Presidential Pardon

Updated: 11/22/2013 8:57 PM By: Cassie Hart

Students gathered at Badger High School in Badger, Minn., on Friday for an event to send off a turkey to get a big pardon.

The turkey was chosen as this year's National Thanksgiving Turkey.

On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the President will pardon the turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. The President will celebrate the 66th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a safe and healthy holiday. 

After the pardoning, the turkey will be driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, along with other turkeys. 

The National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate will be on display for visitors during “Christmas at Mount Vernon,” a traditional program through January 6.

The turkeys will then travel to their permanent home at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill.