News

Battle of the Birds: Vote for a national Thanksgiving turkey

Battle of the Birds: Vote for a national Thanksgiving turkey

GOBBLE GOBBLE: The 2013 battle of the birds is on. Cobbler, shown here, was the 2012 national turkey, receiving a pardon from President Barack Obama. Photo: Associated Press

On Wednesday, Nov. 27 President Barack Obama will pardon two lucky turkeys, but only one bird will be crowned America’s turkey and you can help decide the winner.

Who doesn’t enjoy a little friendly Thanksgiving competition, right?

Two birds are vying for the title: Caramel and Popcorn.

According to the White House, each bird was born on July 8. They each stand approximately 2 feet tall and weigh around 38 pounds each. The dueling duo were both hatched and raised near Badger, Minnesota.

PHOTOS: National turkeys of Thanksgivings past

The key difference between the two turkeys comes in their taste in music (one is a huge Lady Gaga fan!), their “strut,” and – perhaps most importantly – their gobble. Voters can examine the evidence, listen to the gobbles of Carmel and Popcorn, and then decide for themselves. You can even share your favorite turkey on Facebook and Twitter.

Both Caramel and Popcorn are male birds who, after being pardoned, will be driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.

The national 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, the historic turkey farm located at the home of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis in Leesburg, Virginia.

So this Thanksgiving, remember to vote. It’s your civic duty!

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Wimbledon: Defending champ Kvitova upset, Federer advances

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic makes a return to Kurumi Nara of Japan during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Madison Keys and Caroline Wozniacki also posted victories on the women's side.

in Local Sports

Bye bye Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge chooses the San Antonio Spurs

Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) celebrates after scoring in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 105-99.

The Dallas native says on Twitter, "I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends."

in Local Sports

Mears’ first MLS goal lifts Sounders past United, 1-0

Seattle Sounders supporters in a crowd of nearly 40,000 hold up scarves at the start of an an MLS soccer match against the New England Revolution, Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Seattle.

The Sounders (10-7-2) snapped a three-game losing streak and climbed into a tie with Vancouver atop the Western Conference.

in Local Sports

Bells win third series opener against Kitsap 4-0

bellingham bells pcl logo generic 1

The Bells are in first place at 16 - 9.

in Local Sports

Mariners hit 4 HR’s in win over A’s

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz follows the flight of his three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mariners' Chris Taylor, and Robinson Cano also scored on the hit. The Mariners won the game 3-0.

The Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 Friday night for their third win in four games.