ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – You can see the Thanksgiving turkeys President Obama pardoned starting today at Virginia Tech. The two turkeys will live out their days in Gobblers Rest, a newly built enclosure located inside the Livestock Judging Pavilion on Plantation Road. When you stop by you’ll be able to learn about Virginia Tech’s teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. In the past, the birds have moved to a farm or historical site, but this is the first time they will live at a university. The public can visit the turkeys on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Livestock Judging Pavilion, 445 Plantation Road, Blacksburg. This year John Reicks, chairman of the National Turkey Federation, chose a farm family in Iowa to raise the presidential flock. Some of the birds visit local schools as an opportunity for children to learn about poultry and agriculture.
The Christiansburg Police Department is reminding drivers to buckle up and drive sober this holiday season. The national Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign starts today… And next month the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign begins. All overtime is paid through the Department of Motor Vehicles Traffic Safety Grant.
The 15th Annual “Coats For Kids” Charity Drive is today at Virginia Safari Park. The Safari Park donates the proceeds of the day to purchase new winter coats for children in need in the Rockbridge County area. Over the last fourteen years “Coats for Kids” has delivered over 2,000 coats. The 180 acre drive-thru parks has more than 1,000 animals from around the world.
The Capital Christmas Tree stops in Blacksburg on the way to Washington DC. The tree will be on Main Street from 2-4 p.m. There will be brief speeches by the Forestry Service and Mayor Ron Rordam followed by music with members from the Blacksburg Community Band. You can sign the banner which will accompany the tree to our nation’s capitol! You can also see How the Grinch Stole Christmas for free at the Lyric Theatre at 1pm and 3pm. Once the tree reaches Washington DC it will be decorated, lit and displayed in front of the Capitol Building.