No turkeys fall on Arkansas festival this year

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10/10/2011 10:06:45 AM - AP News
YELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Turns out turkeys don't fly.The Baxter Bulletin ( ) reports that attendees at the Turkey Trot festival in Yellville were disappointed when no turkeys dropped from planes on Friday or Saturday.The turkey drop is a mainstay of the event in northern Arkansas, though organizers don't sanction it. Supporters say the turkeys can fly just enough to descend safely, but animal-rights advocates call it cruel.The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals posted a $5,000 bounty for information leading to an arrest. The Federal Aviation Administration said any pilots dropping turkeys could lose their licenses.People at the festival wore "I am the Phantom Pilot" T-shirts, and at least one sign offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest of the PETA employee who came up with the $5,000 bounty.___Information from: The Baxter Bulletin,