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Published November 27, 2013, 05:38 PM

"Popcorn" the turkey pardoned in Washington

A pair of local turkeys paid a visit to the White House this afternoon. The turkeys were selected from a group of 80 raised on the Burkel Farm in Badger, Minnesota. After months of preparation, including regular exposure to noise, music and lights, the pair was deemed ready for the occasion.

By: Lance Forst, WDAZ

A pair of local turkeys paid a visit to the White House this afternoon. The turkeys were selected from a group of 80 raised on the Burkel Farm in Badger, Minnesota. After months of preparation, including regular exposure to noise, music and lights, the pair was deemed ready for the occasion.

It wasn't an easy task, according to the turkeys' owner and National Turkey Federation Chairman, John Burkel.

John: This was almost a different animal altogether, you've got the whole prospect of socializing them and making sure they're somewhat tamed down for the presidential pardon so they sit still

It wasn't long before many in the surrounding community got involved as well.

John: It was fun watching the kindergartners trying to get them to gobble.

John: We've had all of the elementary kids out in the last two weeks to take a look and they've been drawing their pictures and we've been hanging stuff up on the wall and it's been a fun experience.

Soon, a social media frenzy erupted with Americans showing support for their favorite candidate, and finally one of the birds emerged victorious and was granted an official pardon by President Obama.

Weighing in at 37 lbs, 6 oz and standing 1'11", Popcorn walks with a proud strut. His favorite food is corn, and his favorite song is "halo" by Beyonce.

While Popcorn received the honor today, his brother, "Caramel," will be joining him in his newfound freedom, and they will live out the rest of their days on George Washington's farm in Mount Vernon.

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