Arkansas fest drops 6 turkeys from plane, 1 dies

The AP

Six live turkeys were dropped from a small plane as part of a northwestern Arkansas community’s annual tradition, with one of the six apparently dying when it hit the ground.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that about 400 people attended the Turkey Trot festival in Yellville, which is about 90 miles north of Little Rock.

The turkeys initially dropped straight down for a while before most got their bearings and glided to a landing.

Festivalgoers took off after the birds trying to catch them.

Animal-welfare groups have condemned the tradition, which has been going on for about 50 years. However, no protesters were seen at this year’s event.

Turkeys can fly, but usually at less than 100 feet. They’re dropped from about 500 feet.

Sixty-six-year-old Barb Klug of Bull Shoals said she planned to serve the dead turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.