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Posted on: October 30, 2018

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Third Annual Purcellville Turkey Pardoning

PURCELLVILLE, Va., October 30, 2018 — Mayor Kwasi Fraser and the Town Council invite one and all to the Third Annual Purcellville Turkey Pardoning at 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 10 at the Town Hall located at 221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville. The honoree of the event – the luckiest turkey in Town – is named Big Red. He is indeed lucky, as he will get to spend the rest of his life at the certified organic Harpers Ferry Family Farm of Bob and Linna Waltz.

Everyone is looking forward to the event, including the Mayor who said, "Some people think that the ceremonial duties of small town mayors have no real meaning. I actually look forward to them as they are an opportunity for our citizens to come together. The annual turkey pardoning helps us to recognize all that the animals do for us. I was told that Big Red had a foot injury when he was little but recovered to grow to market size. Now, he'll have the opportunity to live out his life with some really kind folks."

During his young life, Big Red was featured in promotional materials by Dan Hine of EatLoCo to promote local farmers markets and healthy eating. "EatLoCo is pleased to sponsor Big Red for the Town of Purcellville ceremony after which Red will be transported back to Purcellville’s very own certified-organic, Harpers Ferry Family Farm,” said Hine.

Everyone is hoping for a beautiful day, especially Big Red. Refreshments will be served inside, following the ceremony.

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