Local ‘Toms’ Ready For Their Close-Up

Turkeys Head To White House For Presidential ‘Pardon’

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Posted: November 20, 2012

Cargill employees Lucas Harrington (left), floor supervisor, and Craig Miller, food mill supervisor, “guard” the two turkeys on Monday at West Rockingham Ruritan Park. The birds, grown by Rockingham County poultry farmer Craig Miller, are expected to be “pardoned” by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, and will live out their days on George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore speaks at the National Thanksgiving Turkey send-off.
The two turkeys were given a celebrity send-off at West Rockingham Ruritan Park on Monday.
Broadway High School Gobblers marching band perform for the event attended by a host of dignitaries.
Bob Evans, the Cargill veterinarian who has been preparing the turkeys for their moment of fame, readies the birds for travel.

HARRISONBURG — It was no coincidence the two most-famous turkeys in Rockingham County were unfazed by the big crowds and constant camera flashes they endured on Monday.

The two still unnamed…

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