Iowa State University Welcomes National Thanksgiving Turkey at Public Open House Dec. 5

December 4th, 2020

Video and images of the turkeys and official welcome remarks are available upon request.

AMES, Iowa – The Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University is holding a public open house on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to welcome the National Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate – Corn and Cob – to their new home at Iowa State. Location and COVID-19 protocols for the event are available at: Face coverings will be required.

Photos and video footage of official welcome remarks and of the turkeys are available upon request by contacting Michelle Hiscocks at Remarks are available by:

  • Daniel J. Robison, dean and endowed chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Gretta Irwin, executive director, Iowa Turkey Federation
  • Ron Kardel, chairman of the National Turkey Federation and the Iowa turkey producer from Walcott, Iowa, who raised the Presidential Flock
  • Dr. Dan Thomson, chair of the Department of Animal Science

Michelle Hiscocks, Department of Animal Science Communications, 515-294-5517,