“Turko” the turkey pardoned for Thanksgiving

Posted at 5:37 PM, Nov 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-26 19:37:58-05

LEHI, Utah – A crowd of people gathered at Thanksgiving Point’s Farm Country for the fourth annual Turkey Pardon.

The 56-pound, 21-week-old Turko will no longer have to worry about being stuffed for a meal, thanks in park to Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox.

“I need to let all of you know as a disclaimer first and foremost that as lieutenant governor of the great state of Utah, I have absolutely no authority to pardon that turkey, but I realize that doesn’t stop our president, I’m not going to let it stop me,” Cox said.

“By the powers not vested in me by the great state of Utah and on behalf of the three million citizens of our incredible state, Turko, I hereby pardon you and wish you a very happy and fruitful life living out the remainder of your days here at Thanksgiving Point. May God bless you and may God bless all of you on this Thanksgiving day.”

You can visit Turko down at Thanksgiving Point. For more information, visit