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National Turkey is the Star of Thanksgiving Day at "The Happiest Place on Earth"

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2005) - - Today in a Thanksgiving Day salute the 2005 National Thanksgiving Turkey, named Marshmallow, was honored as the grand marshal of Disneyland’s Thanksgiving Day parade as the park celebrates its 50th anniversary year. The famed turkey “gobbled” his way down Main Street, U.S.A. under sunny 73-degree skies surrounded on a float by children dressed as little Pilgrims and Native Americans. After the parade, the turkey was moved to Santa’s Reindeer Round-up in the park’s Frontierland section to greet his eager fans.

Following the traditional Presidential pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a White House ceremony on Tuesday, November 22, in Washington, D.C., the 2005 National Thanksgiving Turkey became “The Happiest Turkey on Earth” and then headed west to “The Happiest Place on Earth” - - Disneyland! Joined by National Turkey Federation Chairman Pete Rothfork on United Airlines Flight 197 from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, the National Thanksgiving Turkey flew first-class 2,288 miles nonstop to the west coast for the special Thanksgiving Day honor.

The 18 ½ week old tom turkey weighs about 37 pounds and was raised under Rothfork’s direct supervision. He was brought up on a farm owned and operated by Jim and Vicki Trites in Henning, Minnesota.