Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Turkey Pardon Set For Nov. 24th

Utah-raised turkey to earn pardon from Gov. Herbert

SALT LAKE CITY - Gov. Gary R. Herbert will pardon one lucky Norbest turkey who will live out his days in comfort at Thanksgiving Point’s Farm Country.

Utah’s fifth-annual Turkey Pardon, sponsored by Norbest, LLC and Thanksgiving Point, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 24, 2015, at the Utah State Capitol North Plaza between the East Senate Bldg. and State Office Bldg.  Admission is free.

The special turkey is currently being raised on Paul Anderson’s PSA & Sons ranch in Sanpete County
Utah residents may suggest a name for the pardoned bird through a sweepstakes. The winner of the sweepstakes will receive a certificate of pardon to commemorate the event along with a gift basket that includes a family pass to Thanksgiving Point and a Norbest turkey gift certificate. The winning name will be selected Nov. 19 by Norbest. Twenty-eight other sweepstake entrants will win Norbest turkey gift certificates or Thanksgiving Point Farm Country passes for two. The contest runs until Nov. 18. To submit a name visit http://www.norbest.com/content/certificate-pardon

About Utah Agriculture
The turkey pardon recognizes the importance Utah agriculture as we celebrate Thanksgiving, and the bounty of safe and nutritious food produced by Utah’s 18,000 farmers and ranchers. Utah Agriculture’s production and processing sectors generate more than 14 percent of the state’s economy and 78,000 jobs.

The National Turkey Federation has presented a turkey to the President of the U.S. since 1947. The pardon was unofficially launched by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and was made official by President George H.W. Bush in 1989.

About Norbest
Norbest, LLC, headquartered in Moroni, Utah, is a name long-known in Utah, its roots going back as far as 1936. They are a large contributor to Sanpete County’s economic stability, providing hundreds of jobs to local residents the past one hundred years. The company deals exclusively with turkeys and value-added turkey products. It is one of the top turkey marketing firms in the U.S. Approximately four million commercially grown Utah turkeys are raised by independent turkey producers, mostly in Sanpete County. According to Norbest CEO and President Matt Cook, “Norbest has taken steps this past year that has made us able to seek out growth opportunities while benefitting Utah’s turkey ranchers and the state’s economy.” Norbest, now positioned for growth, is seeking to expand to other Utah counties.

About Thanksgiving Point
Thanksgiving Point is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization comprised of a farm, garden and museum that are dedicated to providing opportunities for transformative family learning and fostering an environment where positive, meaningful experiences naturally happen. Created in 1996 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point has become a center of community engagement for more than 1.9 million annual visitors from all 50 states and around the world. Thanksgiving Point is located at 3033 North Thanksgiving Way in Lehi.


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posted: November 17