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Published November 23, 2013, 11:02 PM

Badger, Minn. high school seniors join farmer to bring turkey for presidential pardon

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - On Wednesday, President Obama will pardon a turkey that was grown by John Burkel of Badger, Minn.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - On Wednesday, President Obama will pardon a turkey that was grown by John Burkel of Badger, Minn.

Today, Burkel's family and the Badger high school senior class boarded their flights to head to Washington, D.C. for the ceremony.

The community oiled the school's gymnasium yesterday to celebrate and send-off the presidential turkey grown by John Burkel.

Today, Burkel, his family and the senior class from Badger boarded their flights to head to Washington, D.C.

Andrea Burkel, Senior: “It's really exciting. I'm kind of overwhelmed because it's all happening so fast.”

John Burkel, Turkey Grower: “I'm really excited. Very excited. Been excited since I heard about it last year.”

The Burkels and their turkey will be part of a ceremony on Wednesday, during which President Obama will pardon their turkey. But the family didn't want to be alone in experience this once in a lifetime event. They worked with the community to bring high school's senior class along as well.

John Burkel: “The most pride is seeing the whole community kind of rally around this whole thing. Getting the kids out to DC with us.”

A new experience for these sixteen seniors from northwest minnesota.

Austyn Borreson, Senior: “I've never been on a plane. But I think it's going to be an experience of a lifetime.”

Coel Hamann, Senior: “I mean, we come from a small town, middle of nowhere it seems. And all of a sudden we get this opportunity to go to D.C.”

During their trip, the seniors will stay busy, taking it all in.

“It's going to be a once in a lifetime experience.”

“I'm just really excited about the memories we'll make there.”

A senior adventure with those closest to them.

“Our senior class. Pretty much we're all family.”

“We are really close. We've been together since pre-school. Really good way to finish my senior year.”

During their time in the capital the students will tour museums, memorials and place a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The presidential turkey and an alternate start their journey by truck tomorrow morning.

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