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Disclaimer: I know it's past Thanksgiving, but I found this article that I had forgotten to publish BEFORE that date. Please enjoy!
Turkeys are a staple part of November, specifically around Thanksgiving time. They are a major part of Thanksgiving dinner for Americans all over the country. This is kind of ironic, because turkey was likely not part of the meal served during the first Thanksgiving.
To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, resident of Animal Adventures Inc. (AAI.), Grizzly the brown bear. Grizzly has started planning for a Thanksgiving-themed event called the “Annual AAI. Turkey Carving Contest”. Upon hearing this, my trusty, junior photographer, Daniel P. Smithwater and I, went to the location of the event – right in front of the AAI.'s main building – to get an interview with Grizzly.
“It's a pretty straight forward event,” Grizzly explains, “we're going to be carving turkeys. There's not too much to explain.” I then asked the large ursine (bear) exactly what they were carving the turkeys into. Grizzly's quoted for saying, “Now that I think about, there is a lot to explain about this event. When most people think of carving a turkey, they think of fixing up a turkey for dinner. That's not what we're doing. Contestants are going to carve the turkey into a specific shape or image!”
This definitely caught my attention. To better emphasize his point, Grizzly showed us a turkey he'd carved earlier into the shape of a bear. It looked really cool. Using his claws, Grizzly had carved a little face – complete with ears, a nose and mouth and green caper eyes – two front arms and the turkey legs were the bear's back legs (feet made of apples were attached to the ends of the turkey's legs). “Contestants will receive a turkey from us a week before the contest,” Grizzly explained, “afterward, they'll take it home and begin carving. Since they lack claws like mine – which are as thick as crayons – they have to use turkey carving knives.”
Many residents of AAI. have already signed up to join the contest and have received a turkey, including Mr. Gregor, Dr. Samuel Adamson, Methuselah the African elephant, Mr. Fred Fish, Buck the Velociraptor, Carrie the cat, Fido the Guinea pig, Sarah Bus Stop Girl, Mr. Smiley . . . oh wait, that's me. Heh, heh. Anyway, lots of people and animals have already signed up and it's likely that many more will sign up as well before it's seven days before it's time to present the carved turkeys.
“The winner will be decided based upon several things,” Grizzly explains. “Attention to detail, creativity and its relation to Autumn will all be considered to help choose a winner.” The contest begins on the 14th of November, when contests receive their turkey to carve and admissions close; however, you can sign up now and join the contest to see who can carve the better turkey!
Written by: Mr. Smiley
Photographer: Daniel P. Smithwater
Edited by: Christian Ryan
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