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Pardoned Turkey To Hail From Jasper Farm

Last updated on Thursday, November 15, 2007

(JASPER) - Since 1947, the President of the United States has pardoned a turkey right before Thanksgiving and this year that bird hails from Southern Indiana in Jasper.

Inside Indiana Business reports that several turkeys are currently being considered for the job. Two turkeys will travel to the nation's capital, but only one will be presented to President and Mrs. Bush.

National Turkey Federation Chairman Ted Seger, who owns the turkeys and The Ten Star Ranch, will be the one to make the presentation to the president. Seger says the presentation is expected to take place just before Thanksgiving.

He says he, along with his six brothers and his mother, will make the trip to Washington, D.C. Seger says The Ten Star Ranch has been in his family since 1925.

After the presentation, Seger says the lucky birds will then travel to Disney World in Florida where they become the grand marshals in the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"They will spend the rest of their lives on the grounds of Disney in their animal sanctuary or a special place where they can live out the rest of their lives."

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