Utah-raised turkey earns pardon from Gov. Gary Herbert
Published: November 22, 2011 04:33PM
Updated: November 22, 2011 04:33PM
Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah Gov. Gary Herbert pardons Lucky Tom, a 47-pound Norbest turkey from Moroni Feed Company, at Thanksgiving Point on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. Lucky Tom was the first ever pardoned turkey in Utah and will live the rest of his life at Thanksgiving Point.

Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday used his executive powers to pardon Lucky Tom, a 27-pound tom turkey who now will live to see at least one more Thanksgiving Day.

With the pardon, Lucky Tom, a turkey from the Moroni Feed Co/Norbest cooperative in Sanpete County, will take up residence at Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point, according to the Lehi attraction’s website.

Thanksgiving Point said on its website that the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board since 1947 have given a turkey to the president at a White House ceremony. George H.W. Bush in 1989 became the first president to officially pardon a turkey, the website said.

Officials from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food as well as Thanksgiving Point were on hand for Lucky Tom’s pardon.