US Arkansas group backs out of festival with dropped turkeys

21:02  06 april  2018
21:02  06 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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A small town tradition that many animal rights groups have called cruel took place this weekend when six live turkeys were dropped from a plane from 500 feet in the air. 6 turkeys tossed from plane on Arkansas festival 's first day; 5 survive. Save the turkeys ! Animal lovers fight back | Arkansas Blog.

Although the festival sponsors no longer sanction the turkey drop , local pilots have flown over the community and dropped birds. Arkansas is one of the nation’s top turkey -producing states, and the weekend festival is meant to be a celebration of the bird.

YELLVILLE, Ark. — The sponsor of a northern Arkansas festival during which live turkeys are dropped from an airplane says it will no longer promote the event.

The Yellville Chamber of Commerce said Friday that while its goal is to promote local businesses, the Turkey Trot festival has become detrimental to them. It's not yet known whether the event will continue under a different sponsor.

Yellville has held the festival for 72 years, billing the second weekend of October as a homecoming event for the town. The tradition of a "Phantom Pilot" dropping live birds to crowds below began 50 years ago.

Complaints that the turkey drop amounts to animal abuse have grown in recent years. The Federal Aviation Administration has investigated but says it has found no reason to intervene.

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Coachella is heating up, and it's not just because of Beyoncé's historic Saturday night performance. A small wildfire is burning about 6 miles away from the music festival, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. As of 10:45 a.m. local time, the fire had consumed about 15 acres and was 10% contained. Just over 100 firefighters are battling the vegetation fire, according to an incident report page on the fire department's website. Authorities said the fire poses no threat to the Coachella music festival, and that they will continue to monitor the fire and work to contain it.

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