Nov 24, 2021 - News
Gov. Kim Reynolds pardons turkeys, Squash and Stuffing
Gov. Kim Reynolds and two turkeys
Gov. Kim Reynolds along with Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Sec. Mike Naig and staff from the Iowa Turkey Federation. Photo courtesy of governor's office

Unbeknownst to them, Tuesday was an extra special day for two turkeys — Squash and his gobbleganger, Stuffing.

With just a few ceremonial words, Gov. Kim Reynolds gave a new life to the two birds and pardoned them outside her Terrace Hill home.

  • The tom and the hen were raised by the family of Ben Slinger, president of the Iowa Turkey Federation.

What's next: Squash and Stuffing will live out the rest of their days at Living History Farms in Urbandale.

  • And as for the rest of their turkey friends — well, they're not as lucky this year as turkeys are in abundance at stores.
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