Yellville has turkey drop, from window, not plane

YELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Turkeys flew at this year's edition of Yellville's Turkey Trot Festival, but not from an airplane.

The turkeys were dropped from a second-floor window of a building on the downtown square.

The festival has drawn criticism from animal rights activists who objected to the custom of dropping live turkeys from a passing airplane. The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals put up a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of participants in the turkey drop.

The Baxter Bulletin reports that two turkeys were dropped on Friday. One was gathered up by a Flippin resident. The other perched on a utility line for more than an hour.

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