White House announces turkey naming contest

November 19, 2008 5:23:17 PM PST
The White House Wednesday announced this year's online competition to name the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

The turkey and its alternate will be pardoned by President Bush next Wednesday before being sent to Disneyland, where it will be the grand marshal of the Disney Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Although Thanksgiving turkeys have been presented to presidents since the Lincoln administration, this year will mark the 61st anniversary of the current ceremony, which first occurred in 1947 with President Harry Truman.

This year's possible turkey names can be voted on at the White House Web site.