"Gobbling Up" Information

talking turkeyST. JOHNSBURY - With Thanksgiving right around the corner people are starting to get ready to prepare one of the biggest feasts of the year. This past weekend young children at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury were "talking turkey," and gobbling up all the information they could.

"They're originally from the America's, so they're native to here. Which is cool. They're actually form South and Central America, like Mexico. So when Europeans first came over and landed here they were like, 'oh, this is something delicious,' so they started bringing them over to Europe. I heard somewhere that's probably where the word turkey comes from," said Rachel Sargent of the Fairbanks Museum.

Each weekend the Fairbanks Museum invites young children to participate in activities on a highlighted topic and, in this particular discussion, species. The museum uses these various activities as an opportunity to help a young child's mind explore events and moments in our nation's history. They taught the children how the turkey was very close to becoming a symbol of our country.

"When they were picking a national bird, Ben Franklin actually advocated for the turkey. He thought it was more noble than the bald eagle. Basically it was the bird of bad moral character, whereas they turkey was the upright fellow. I don't know, it's kind of a funny story. I don't know how our national seal would look with a big turkey on it instead," Sargent said.

Another bit of information that children discovered is what the tasty bird, when it's not being eaten by us, enjoys to eat. "Nuts and berries. Those are things we like too, so they like high energy foods, there are some sugars in there, with nutrients," said Sargent.

According to Holiday Insights, Americans eat on average 675,000,000 pounds of turkey each year on Thanksgiving. This makes Turkey the number one meat gobbled up on the bountiful holiday.