A Hamilton County turkey producer will to present the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Bush. Paul Hill of Ellsworth will be in the nation’s capitol to present the bird on the Monday before Thanksgiving.
Hill was given the honor since he serves as the chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Paul’s son Nathan, along with his wife Betsy, and two sons are raising the national Thanksgiving turkey for the President on the turkey farm near Ellsworth in southern Hamilton County.
Hill will be the sixth Iowan given this honor to present the turkey to the president. The last time was in 1991 when Gary Ruka of West Liberty presented the turkey to President George Bush, Senior. After the ceremony, the live bird retires to Disneyland to live out the rest of its years.