The Pardoned National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate are coming to live at Virginia Tech.  President Barack Obama will "pardon" these turkeys and they will get to live out their days at Gobblers Rest. 

The Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Pavilion will host a meet and greet Friday, November 25, 2016 and Saturday, November 26,2016 from 10am-4pm daily.  Come out and visit the turkeys and learn about the university’s teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine.

The National Turkey Federation began the tradition when it gave a live bird to President Harry S. Truman. More recent presidents have added the custom of “pardoning” both the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate.

In the past, the birds have moved to a farm or historical site, but this is the first time they will live at a university.