Kidwell Farm

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The farm is called"Frying Pan Farm" on Google Maps.

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This article needs to be updated. Bread and Butter will be available for public viewing, briefly, at the Livestock Judging Pavilion, Blacksburg , Va

The pardoned turkeys then go to the Gobblers Rest, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Peas and Carrots, last year’s turkeys, are also there.

Wishbone and Drumstick, and Tator and Tot, previous year’s turkeys, have died of natural causes.

It is also not true they live in outdoor pens, or that they do not survive their first winters. Peas and Carrots , as have the others, have indoor pens as well as access to outside.

More- Public invited to meet Presidential turkeys at Virginia Tech

The overall park is called Frying Pan Farm Park. Kidwell Farm refers to the part of it where the animals are and where the Kidwell Farmhouse is. Kidwell Farm itself - the animal area - is fenced off, with gates that get locked at night. It’s open 9-5 every day except a few holidays. Cow milking is every (open) afternoon at 4.

The rest of the outside parts of the park - there are paths and a playground, plus a gazebo near the animal part that you can sit in and some tiny tractors just outside the animal area that kids like to “drive” - are open daylight hours.

The Visitor Center and the Country Store, both indoors, have specific hours that change seasonally or for special events. The indoor arena has specific, longer hours - 9-9, I think, but I’m not sure. That arena is where some of the horse shows are; it has indoor bathrooms and a snack machine.

Most of the year, you can buy tickets in the Country Store for regularly-scheduled wagon rides (farm tours in a tractor-pulled wagon). In the warmer months, you can also buy tickets there for rides on the antique carousel that’s just outside the store. Only kids can ride, as there’s a weight limit or something on the ancient horses, but parents can stand with them if needed.

Wow! I’ve been there - never knew it was associated with the Thanksgiving turkeys.

It’s not anymore. The article is outdated. And has been for at least 5 years now.
The pardoned turkeys go to the Gobblers Rest, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

@WolfSilverOak thanks for the update. A note has been added to the bottom of the entry to reflect these changes. Also always feel free to submit an edit to any entry, that way it reaches our database editors directly. Thanks again for the update :beers:

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