Since 1947, The National Turkey Federation, or NTF, and The Poultry and Egg National Boards, or PENB, have donated a turkey to the White House every Thanksgiving.
Most domesticated turkeys live 18-24 months and wild turkeys live 3-4 years. Usually the turkeys participate in the event when they are 22 weeks old, and there are always two turkeys so they always have a runner-up.
Wild turkeys can fly short distances up to 55 miles per hour. Domestic turkeys can't fly because they weigh twice as much as wild turkeys. Above is a picture of Harry Truman who was president in 1947. Right is president Eisenhower.
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