Squash and Stuffing gobbled a sigh of relief Tuesday.
The two turkeys were granted a pardon by Gov. Kim Reynolds, sparing them from what would undoubtedly have been an awkward Thanksgiving dinner.
“I, Kim Reynolds, governor of the state of Iowa, do proudly proclaim Squash and Stuffing as symbols of Iowa’s great turkey industry and they are free to roam this Thanksgiving Day,” Reynolds said.
Squash, a tom, and Stuffing, a hen, were raised on a farm in Ellsworth by Ben Slinger, president of the Iowa Turkey Federation. They were named with the help of the fifth grade class at West Marshall Elementary.
Slinger and his family joined Reynolds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and a few others at Terrace Hill, the historic governor’s mansion in Des Moines, for the event Tuesday morning.
While Squash and Stuffing will live out their days at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Naig promised plenty of other turkeys wouldn’t be so lucky this Thanksgiving.
“There’s plenty of turkey,” Naig said. “Buy two. Get a big one, they’re great for leftovers!”
Stephen Gruber-Miller covers the Iowa Statehouse and politics for the Register. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 515-284-8169. Follow him on Twitter at @sgrubermiller.
This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Iowa Gov. Reynolds pardons turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving holiday