"Peas" and "Carrots" are the turkeys hoping to be pardoned at the White House Tuesday

Published: Nov. 19, 2018 at 2:58 PM EST
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Just ahead of Thanksgiving, two South Dakota birds are strutting their stuff on the biggest stage possible. “Peas” and Carrots” are the feathery guests of honor that will be spared the fate of a family feast.

The South Dakota fowl are staying at one of the nicest hotels in Washington. They will have plenty to be thankful for Thursday if presidential intervention spares them from getting gobbled up.

“It’s fun for them to show off a little bit that they’re from South Dakota,” said Jeff Sveen, chairman of the National Turkey Federation.

The NTF is the group that helps put on the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House. It’s often referred to as the turkey pardoning.

“It’s fun because it gives everybody a chance to forget what’s going on in the world and just be thankful.,” said Sveen.

The birds are from a farm near Huron, South Dakota and rose above a field of 50 to make it this far. Sveen tells us the plucky duo kept their spirits high even through the snowy, 1400-mile drive to D.C.

“They listened to music all the way over. And one of them kind of likes Elvis Presley,” said Sveen.

While the president only pardons one of the birds on Tuesday, neither will land on a plate Thursday night nor will they migrate back to South Dakota. They will live out their turkey lives in luxury at “Gobbler’s Rest” on the campus of Virginia Tech.

Just one of the turkeys will stand beside President Trump Tuesday at the White House. The White House has a poll on its Facebook page where everyone can vote to decide which turkey participates in the pardoning ceremony.

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