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Where can you find the hottest turkey sale in Centre County?

Philip Clauer organizes turkeys on Sunday at the Penn State Meat Lab in anticipation of the Penn State Poultry Science Club’s annual turkey sale, which starts Monday.
Philip Clauer organizes turkeys on Sunday at the Penn State Meat Lab in anticipation of the Penn State Poultry Science Club’s annual turkey sale, which starts Monday. psheehan@centredaily.com

Have you ever seen a turkey fly?

Come to Penn State’s meat lab on Monday and you’ll see a lot of them.

Oh, these birds won’t be flying through the air. They’ll be flying off the shelves.

Monday is the first day of the two-day sale by the university’s Poultry Science Club.

Penn State agricultural students raise the birds, and then harvest and sell them to raise money for their annual trip to an international trade show in Atlanta.

According to adviser Philip Clauer, that takes a lot of money and a lot of birds.

The annual sale generates between $10,000 and $15,000. This year, there will be 418 turkeys up for grabs in the first-come, first-served effort to snag the big, beautiful birds.

The turkeys are about 16 to 22 pounds apiece, just the right size for most holiday tables, Clauer said. There are about 20 to 25 supersized birds though, ones that tip the scales closer to 30 pounds for people who want the full-on Norman Rockwell turkey experience.

Like something a little different? A little darker? A little bacon-ier? How about a smoked turkey? The club has roughly 90 of those on the menu, too.

The birds will set you back about $1.50 to $2 per pound, depending on grade. The sale starts at 11 a.m. Monday and runs until 6 p.m., and restarts Tuesday at 10 a.m. When the birds are gone, it’s all over, and the club will post that on its website.

Clauer said there are about 45 to 48 students in the club. To attend the trade show, students have to invest at least eight hours in the sale.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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