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19 Fun Facts for 2019: Minnesota Turkey & Turkey To Go Concession

For immediate release

Contact:
Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
Ph: 763/682-2171 (office), 612/554-0920 (mobile)
ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

 

  1. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 61 years (since 1958). Our state fair concession stand, Turkey To Go, is known for its signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks.
  2. This year, MTGA celebrates 80 years of existence and released a special 80th Anniversary video series highlighting several of our multi-generational farm families to commemorate the milestone – available on our website, MinnesotaTurkey.com and YouTube Channel. MTGA thanks the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council for their assistance with the project.
  3. (Throwback) Food offerings to fairgoers have changed over the years but a few highlights include: roast turkey sandwiches with gravy (1950s and 1960s), extremely popular turkey tenderloin-on-a-stick (1970s and 1980s), turkey nuggets (1990s) and in 1999, the Great Big Turkey Sandwich was introduced and remains our focus and fan favorite today!
  4. Our menu:

Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich ($8.00)
Half Pound Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich ($9.75)
Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumstick (Original, Sweet Glazed & Buffalo – $9.75)
Turkey by the Pound – Frozen Turkey To Go product that you can take home with you! ($16.75 per pound)
Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich – Our signature Turkey To Go product, an egg, and slice of American cheese on a bun ($8.00)
Toppings: bleu cheese & buffalo sauce; brie & cranberry sauce; crispy chopped bacon & sweet glaze ($2.50)
Beverages: Lemonade w/Raspberries ($3.75), Pop ($2.75), Water ($2.75)

  1. A portion of every sale goes to Hunger Solutions Minnesota. Since 2008, TTG has donated nearly $80,550.
  2. Turkey To Go is located next to the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand (1256 Clough Street).
  3. Turkey To Go was named the People’s Choice Award for “Best Food or Beverage” at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair!
  4. Turkey to Go by the numbers:
    • We expect to cook approximately 40,000 pounds of turkey at Turkey To Go this year.
    • From 2011-2018, Turkey To Go sold a total of 357,269 Giant Juicy Turkey sandwiches and 90,588 Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks!

9. Our Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich (eaten without the bun) and Jumbo Turkey Drumstick are gluten-free.

  1. Don’t forget about our breakfast sandwich, which debuted in 2015 – the “Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich” that includes our famous Turkey To Go pulled turkey, an egg, & slice of American cheese on a bun.
  2. Turkey To Go also has locations at Target Field. Up-to-date location information can be found at www.twitter.com/turkeytogo or visit www.turkeytogo.com for details.
    Target Field – Turkey To Go is behind home plate between sections 112 and 113; in section 133; and in section 318
  1. Turkeys raised in the U.S. are free of added hormones and steroids. Added hormones and steroids in poultry have been illegal since the 1950s and aren’t needed anyway. Genetics and nutrition make all the difference!
  2. Minnesota is ranked #1 for turkey production, processing, and hatching in the U.S. and is home to 450 turkey farmers who raise approximately 42 million turkeys annually on 600 farms. Minnesota has the most family- owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of our producers are 4th, 5th, and 6th generation farmers.
  3. Turkey is a versatile protein that plays well with various flavor profiles and takes on whatever seasonings or marinades it’s cooked with.
  4. MTGA was formed in 1939 as a nonprofit trade association dedicated to fostering a successful turkey industry. Today MTGA and its sister organization, Minnesota Turkey Research Promotion Council work on behalf of Minnesota’s turkey industry in the areas of research, promotion, public relations, issues management, education and government affairs.
  5. Nutritionally, turkey has more protein than chicken or beef – plus fewer calories with zero trans- and saturated fat.
  6. MTGA’s website – www.minnesotaturkey.com – features links to turkey recipes for consumers and the foodservice industry. We also have recipes at our State Fair booth in the Dairy Building.
  7. Producing a quality, nutritious and safe product is the top priority for turkey farmers as well as turkey processing companies, which follow USDA guidelines for food safety. Consumers, too, need to do their part to ensure that turkey is handled properly in the kitchen and cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F., as measured by a food thermometer.
  8. Find us on the Web at TurkeyToGo.com or MinnesotaTurkey.com and on social media:

    Facebook: facebook.com/TurkeyToGo and facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey
    Twitter: @TurkeyToGo and @MinnesotaTurkey
    Pinterest: pinterest.com/MinnesotaTurkey
    Instagram: @TurkeyToGo and @MinnesotaTurkey

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Turkey To Go focuses on classics at the Minnesota State Fair

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Contact:
Lara Durben, Minnesota Growers Association (MTGA)
Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell)
ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

Turkey To Go focuses on the classics at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair
Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich celebrates 20 years at the fair

(Buffalo, Minn.) … Since 1958, Turkey To Go, the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s (MTGA) restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair, has had a strong presence at the Minnesota State Fair and is a can’t-miss destination for many fairgoers. The reason is simple: Turkey To Go’s favorite turkey menu options honor the timeless classic protein that turkey is, and make it a perennial State Fair favorite. In fact, in 2012, Turkey To Go was named the very first “People’s Choice for Best Fair Food or Beverage” voted on by fairgoers.

While the classic Turkey To Go menu remains a constant year after year, the flavors are still bold and delicious! The Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich is an all-time favorite that debuted in 1999 and has garnered Turkey To Go a wide variety of media coverage reaching beyond the Great Minnesota Get-Together from food bloggers and national culinary talent alike:

“The large, squishy-soft bun is loaded with tender, flavorful turkey that’s been shredded and chopped. This is great for when you’re looking for something that’s filling and not fried,” said Brenda Score, author at A Farmgirl’s Dabbles blog. I like to eat it with some BBQ sauce, but the sandwich has so much flavor you really don’t need it.”

“The hot pulled, baked turkey is dressed many ways, but I take mine plain – with spoonfuls of the cooking liquid thrown on by request,” said Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods. “[The Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich is] sloppy and perfect.”

Complimenting the Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich are Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks and the Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich, debuted in 2015. Rounding out the menu is Turkey To Go by the pound, the perfect way to take part of the State Fair experience home!

One of purposes served by Turkey To Go is getting people to think of turkey beyond the classic Thanksgiving meal and incorporate a variety of cuts and recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Minnesota’s proud turkey farm have a driving passion for promoting and serving nutritious, convenient, on-the-go turkey products to fairgoers.

“Minnesota’s turkey companies have developed more than 2,000 different turkey products for consumer enjoyment, said Lara Durben, MTGA Interim Executive Director. “That type of innovation and the knowledge and expertise of our multi-generational turkey farm families have led to Minnesota’s growth over the last 80 years to the number one turkey-producing state in the nation.”

Turkey To Go is owned by the MTGA with day-to-day operations handled by The Turkey Guys, Drew Levin and Daniel Perkins. While MTGA handles much of the behind-the-scenes details of the operation prior to and during the State Fair, The Turkey Guys bring in their staff to run the concession stand, including cooking and serving turkey to hungry fairgoers. What’s clear from day one of the State Fair is that everyone involved in Turkey To Go loves turkey!

Lastly, MTGA is proud to announce that a portion of every sale at Turkey To Go will be donated to Hunger Solutions Minnesota (www.hungersolutions.org), an organization that is dedicated to ending hunger. This is the twelfth straight year of continuing this tradition of giving back.

About Turkey To Go
Turkey To Go concession at the Minnesota State Fair is located at 1256 Clough Avenue, next door to the All-You- Can-Drink Milk Stand. Turkey To Go is owned by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, which has had a food stand at the Minnesota State Fair since 1958.

Turkey To Go’s Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich comes in its original version or a gigantic half-pound option. Additionally, the concession stand serves up its popular roasted turkey drumsticks. Topping choices for these items include: bleu cheese crumbles and buffalo sauce; brie cheese and cranberry sauce; crispy chopped bacon and sweet glaze. Finally, the restaurant serves up its Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich featuring its signature Turkey To Go product, egg, and cheese on a bun – with the option to add turkey bacon as well.

In addition to its location at the Minnesota State Fair, Turkey To Go has three locations in Target Field during Minnesota Twins’ home games (behind home plate between sections 112 and 113; in section 133; and in section 318).

Fans can find Turkey To Go on Facebook (www.facebook.com/turkeytogo), Twitter (@TurkeyToGo), Instagram (@turkeytogo) and at www.turkeytogo.com.

About Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)
MTGA is a nonprofit trade organization that began in 1939 with a mission to foster a successful turkey industry in Minnesota. The state ranks #1 for turkey production and processing in the U.S. with its 450 turkey farmers raising approximately 42 million turkeys annually. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of these turkey producers are 4rd, 5th and even 6th generation farmers. For more information, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com or www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey. You can also find Minnesota Turkey on Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/MinnesotaTurkey), and Instagram (@MinnesotaTurkey).

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Editor’s note: High resolution photos of the turkey drumsticks, the Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich and Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich are available by request; please email ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com.

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Podcast Episode #3 – Thank a Farmer and MN State Fair

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

In the latest episode of “What The Cluck!”, host Steve Olson interviews Rhonda Ross Swanson, presenter of the “Thank A Farmer” Magic Show as well as an entertainer who has performed on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. Also, there are interviews direct from the 2018 Minnesota State Fair with Minnesota’s Poultry Prince Isaac Dubois, Dr. Dave Wright, a veterinarian at the Miracle of Birth Center, and Michaela Olson, a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota who has a passion for poultry.

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Podcast Episode #2 – Food Safety at the MN State Fair

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

In the 2nd episode of What The Cluck!, host Steve Olson interviews James Noyola from the Minnesota Department of Health about foods and food preparation at the Minnesota State Fair. Also, Steve interviews the owner of Eggstasy, a restaurant that specializes in egg-related menu items.

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Turkey To Go Celebrates 60 Years at the Minnesota State Fair

For immediate release

Contact:                                                                                           

  • Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council
  • Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell)
  • ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

(Buffalo, Minn.) … Turkey To Go, the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s (MTGA) food stand at the Minnesota State Fair, is celebrating 60 years of selling delicious turkey products to fairgoers.

Minnesota turkey farmers have always been forward thinkers and passionate about raising birds. Sixty years ago, turkey was considered more of a seasonal product mainly around the holidays, but our farmers saw its big potential. That’s why they made a commitment to serve turkey in a variety of ways and highlight it as a convenience food to consumers at the Minnesota State Fair, starting back in 1958.

Today, this driving passion for promoting and serving a quality product to fairgoers remains the same.

“Stopping by Turkey To Go is a favorite food destination — truly a staple — of fairgoers enjoying Minnesota State Fair since 1958,” said Steve Olson, MTGA Executive Director. “When people come to the fair, they expect a great turkey product and we have aimed to deliver that quality guarantee for 60 years.”

Throughout the past 60 years, the food stand’s name was changed four times; from “Turkeyteria” (think cafeteria), “The Turkey House”, and “Pilgrim Tom’s Takeout Turkey” to what we fondly know today as “Turkey To Go.” The food stand has also featured many different products including: turkey steak sandwiches, turkey noodle casserole, and grilled turkey tenderloin sandwiches, to name a few.

“It is exciting to see what changes 60 years have brought to Minnesota’s turkey farmers and Turkey To Go,” Olson said. “We are certainly optimistic for new opportunities to raise, promote and serve turkey in the next six decades!”

Flash-forward to this year and Turkey To Go is pleased to offer a tremendous line-up of mouth-watering turkey options starting with the newest product that debuted in 2017 — turkey ribs!

These ribs are meaty, tender, juicy, and so flavorful — everything you would expect from the turkey experts at Turkey To Go. The all white meat ribs sell for $9.50 per serving and come in three flavor choices: original, sweet glazed, and buffalo.

The turkey ribs will complement a menu wholly focused on turkey — from the signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks, to the Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich. Rounding out the menu is Turkey To Go by the pound that will sell for $16.75 per pound.

About Turkey To Go

Turkey To Go concession at the Minnesota State Fair is located at 1256 Clough Avenue, next door to the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand. Turkey To Go is owned by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, which has had a food stand at the Minnesota State Fair since 1958.

Turkey To Go’s Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich comes in its original version or a gigantic half-pound option. Additionally, the concession stand serves up its popular roasted turkey drumsticks. Topping choices for these items include: bleu cheese crumbles and buffalo sauce; brie cheese and cranberry sauce; and crispy chopped bacon and sweet glaze. Finally, the food stand serves up its Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich featuring its signature Turkey To Go product, egg, and cheese on a bun – with the option to add turkey bacon as well.

In addition to its location at the Minnesota State Fair, Turkey To Go has two locations in Target Field during Minnesota Twins’ home games (between sections 112-113 and also in 318).

Fans can find Turkey To Go on Facebook (www.facebook.com/turkeytogo), Twitter (@TurkeyToGo), and at www.turkeytogo.com.

About Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)

MTGA is a nonprofit trade organization that began in 1939 with a mission to foster a successful turkey industry in Minnesota. The state ranks #1 for turkey production and processing in the U.S. with its 450 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys annually. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of these turkey producers are 4rd, 5th and even 6th generation farmers. For more information, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com or www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey.  You can also find Minnesota Turkey on Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/MinnesotaTurkey), and Instagram (@MinnesotaTurkey).

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Editor’s note: High resolution photos of the turkey ribs, Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich, and our breakfast sandwich are available by request; we also have some vintage photos from our food stands in the 1950s-1980s. Please email ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com.)

 

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17 Fun Facts for 2017: Minnesota Turkey & Turkey To Go Concession

Contact:                                                                                            

Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council

Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell)

ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

  1. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 59 years (since 1958). Our State Fair concession stand, Turkey To Go, is known for its signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks.
  2. We’re offering TWO new products this year at Turkey To Go – meaty, juicy, mouth-watering Turkey Ribs and Turkey to Go by the Pound (frozen and ready to take home)!
  3. Our menu:
  • Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich ($7.75)
  • NEW in 2017 Turkey Ribs ($7.75) – Flavors include original, sweet glazed, or buffalo
  • Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumstick (Original, Sweet Glazed & Buffalo – $8.75)
  • NEW in 2017 Turkey by the Pound – Frozen Turkey To Go product that you can take home with you! ($16.75 per pound)
  • Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich – Our signature Turkey To Go product, an egg, and slice of American cheese on a bun ($7.75 or add optional turkey bacon for an additional $1.00)
  • Toppings: bleu cheese & buffalo sauce; brie & cranberry sauce; and crispy chopped bacon & sweet glaze ($2.50)
  1. A portion of every sale goes to Hunger Solutions Minnesota. Since 2008, TTG has donated over $58,000.
  2. Turkey To Go is located next to the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand (1256 Clough Street).
  3. Turkey To Go was named the People’s Choice Award for “Best Food or Beverage” at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair!
  4. Turkey to Go by the numbers:
  • We expect to cook approximately 39,500 pounds of turkey at Turkey To Go this.
  • From 2011-2016, Turkey To Go sold a total of 281,309 Giant Juicy Turkey sandwiches and 64,026 Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks!
  1. Our Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich (eaten without the bun) and Jumbo Turkey Drumstick are gluten-free.
  2. Don’t forget about our breakfast sandwich, which debuted in 2015 – the “Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich” that includes our famous Turkey To Go pulled turkey, an egg, slice of American cheese on choice of bun Turkey bacon can also be added for an additional $1.00.
  3. Turkey To Go also has locations at Target Field. Up-to-date location information can be found at twitter.com/turkeytogo or visit www.turkeytogo.com for details.
    • Target Field – Turkey To Go is behind home plate between sections 112 and 113 as well as outside Section 318.
  4. Turkeys raised in the U.S. are free of added hormones and steroids. In fact, there are no hormones or steroids approved for use in turkey production in the U.S. (and there hasn’t been since the 1950s) and they aren’t needed.
  5. Minnesota is ranked #1 for turkey production, processing, and hatching in the U.S. and is home to 450 turkey farmers who raise approximately 46 million turkeys annually on 600 farms. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of our turkey producers are 4th, 5th, and 6th generation farmers.
  6. MTGA was formed in 1939 as a nonprofit trade association dedicated to fostering a successful turkey industry. Today MTGA and its sister organization, Minnesota Turkey Research Promotion Council work on behalf of Minnesota’s turkey industry in the areas of research, promotion, public relations, issues management, education and government affairs.
  7. Nutritionally, turkey has more protein than chicken or beef – plus fewer calories with zero trans- and saturated fat.
  8. MTGA’s Web site – minnesotaturkey.com – features links to turkey recipes for consumers and the foodservice industry. We also have recipes at our State Fair booth in the Dairy Building.
  9. Producing a quality, nutritious and safe product is the top priority for turkey farmers as well as turkey processing companies, which follow USDA guidelines for food safety. Consumers, too, need to do their part to ensure that turkey is handled properly in the kitchen and cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F., as measured by a food thermometer.

Find us on the Web at com or MinnesotaTurkey.com and on social media:

Facebook – facebook.com/TurkeyToGo and facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey

Twitter – @TurkeyToGo and @MinnesotaTurkey

Pinterest – pinterest.com/MinnesotaTurkey

Instagram – @TurkeyToGo and @MinnesotaTurkey

 

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Turkey To Go Debuts Turkey Ribs at the Minnesota State Fair

Contact:                                                                                            

  • Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council
  • Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell)
  • ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

 

(Buffalo, MN) … Turkey To Go, the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s (MTGA) food stand at the Minnesota State Fair, will debut a brand-new product to its menu at this year’s fair – turkey ribs!

These ribs are meaty, tender, juicy, and so flavorful – everything you would expect from the turkey experts at Turkey To Go. The ribs – which feature all white meat – will sell for $7.75 per serving and comes in three flavor choices – original, sweet glazed, and buffalo.

“We’re very excited to debut turkey ribs at the Minnesota State Fair,” said MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson. “These ribs definitely offer a unique turkey product to fairgoers that is simply mouth-watering with every bite.”

The turkey ribs will complement a menu wholly focused on turkey – from the signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks to the Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich.

Another new offering this year will be Turkey To Go by the pound. Fairgoers will be able to purchase the signature Turkey to Go meat in frozen one-pound bags to easily enjoy at home!

“Turkey To Go by the pound is the ultimate way to bring a taste of the Minnesota State Fair – and Minnesota  turkey – back home with you,” said Olson. “Just stop by Turkey To Go on your way out of the fairgrounds to purchase a bag or two.”

Turkey To Go by the pound will sell for $16.95 per pound.

About Turkey To Go

Turkey To Go concession at the Minnesota State Fair is located at 1256 Clough Avenue, next door to the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand. Turkey To Go is owned by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, which has had a food stand at the Minnesota State Fair since 1958.

Turkey To Go’s Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich comes in its original version or a gigantic half-pound option. The concession stand also serves up its popular roasted turkey drumsticks. Topping choices for these items include: bleu cheese crumbles and buffalo sauce; brie cheese and cranberry sauce; and crispy chopped bacon and sweet glaze. The food stand also serves up its Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich featuring its signature Turkey To Go product, egg, and cheese on a bun – with the option to add turkey bacon as well.

In addition to its location at the Minnesota State Fair, Turkey To Go has two locations in Target Field during Minnesota Twins’ home games (between sections 112-113 and also in 318).

Fans can find Turkey To Go on Facebook (www.facebook.com/turkeytogo), Twitter (@TurkeyToGo), and at www.turkeytogo.com.

About Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)

MTGA is a nonprofit trade organization that began in 1939 with a mission to foster a successful turkey industry in Minnesota. The state ranks #1 for turkey production and processing in the U.S. with its 450 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys annually. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of these turkey producers are 4rd, 5th and even 6th generation farmers. For more information, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com or www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey.  You can also find Minnesota Turkey on Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/MinnesotaTurkey), and Instagram (@MinnesotaTurkey).

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Editor’s note: High resolution photos of the turkey ribs and Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich are available by request; please email ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com.)

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Minnesota Turkey’s Media Opportunities at the State Fair

 

What:

Interviews with Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Executive Director Steve Olson and audience samples from our Turkey To Go restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair!

When:

Steve Olson is available August 25-28 and again September 3-5.

(Note that audience samples can be made available during all dates of the State Fair; however Steve’s availability for interviews is limited to the dates above.)

What:

We love to talk turkey!

  • Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 58 years (since 1958).
  • Our State Fair concession stand, Turkey To Go, is known for its signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks. We also debuted a new breakfast sandwich last year – the “Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich” that includes our famous Turkey To Go pulled turkey, an egg, slice of American cheese on choice of bun.
  • Minnesota is ranked #1 for turkey production, processing, and hatching in the U.S. and is home to 450 turkey farmers who raise approximately 46 million turkeys annually on 600 farms.  Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of our turkey producers are 3rd, 4th and 5th generation farmers.
  • Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council’s booth in the Dairy Building will feature:
    • A large pictorial display on the history of turkey farming
    • A comprehensive look at how turkey products get to your kitchen table
    • A fun turkey-cutout of a tom (male) and hen (female) turkey for photos
    • Free recipe cards and other brochures

To Schedule:

Please contact Lara Durben, MTGA Communications Director, to schedule an interview with Steve and/or audience samples:

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16 Fun Facts: Minnesota Turkey & Turkey To Go Concession

 

  1. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 58 years (since 1958). Our State Fair concession stand, Turkey To Go, is known for its signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks.
  1. Our menu:
  • Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich ($7.25)
  • Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumstick (Original, Sweet Glazed & Buffalo – $8.50)
  • Toppings: bleu cheese & buffalo sauce; brie & cranberry sauce; and crispy chopped bacon & sweet glaze ($2.50)
  • (NEW in 2015) – Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich – Our signature Turkey To Go product, an egg, and slice of American cheese on a bun ($7.25 or add optional turkey bacon and/or croissant at an additional costs)
  1. A portion of every sale goes to Hunger Solutions Minnesota.
  2. Turkey To Go is located next to the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand (1256 Clough Street).
  3. Turkey To Go was named the People’s Choice Award for “Best Food or Beverage” at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair!
  4. Turkey To Go by the Numbers:
  5. We expect to cook approximately 20,000 pounds of turkey at Turkey To Go this year for our Giant Juicy Turkey sandwiches. From 2011-2015, Turkey To Go sold a total of 236,000 Giant Juicy Turkey sandwiches and 52,000 Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks
  1. Our Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich (eaten without the bun) and Jumbo Turkey Drumstick are gluten-free.
  1. Don’t forget about our breakfast sandwich, which debuted in 2015 – the “Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich” that includes our famous Turkey To Go pulled turkey, an egg, slice of American cheese on choice of bun ($7.25). Fairgoers can also swap the bun for a croissant for an additional $1.00. Turkey bacon can also be added for an additional $1.00.
  1. Turkey To Go also has locations at Target Field and Target Center. Up-to-date location information can be found at twitter.com/turkeytogo or visit www.turkeytogo.com for details.
    • Target Field – Turkey To Go is behind home plate between sections 112 and 113 as well as outside Section 318.
    • Target Center
  1. Turkeys raised in the U.S. are free of added hormones and steroids. In fact, there are no hormones or steroids approved for use in turkey production in the U.S. (and there hasn’t been since the 1950s).
  1. Minnesota is ranked #1 for turkey production, processing, and hatching in the U.S. and is home to 450 turkey farmers who raise approximately 46 million turkeys annually on 600 farms. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of our turkey producers are 3rd, 4th and 5th generation farmers.
  1. MTGA was formed in 1939 as a nonprofit trade association dedicated to fostering a successful turkey industry. Today MTGA and its sister organization, Minnesota Turkey Research Promotion Council work on behalf of Minnesota’s turkey industry in the areas of research, promotion, public relations, issues management, education and government affairs.
  1. Nutritionally, turkey has more protein than chicken or beef – plus fewer calories with zero trans- and saturated fat.
  1. MTGA’s Web site – minnesotaturkey.com – features links to turkey recipes for consumers and the foodservice industry. We also have recipes at our State Fair booth in the Dairy Building.
  1. Producing a quality, nutritious and safe product is the top priority for turkey farmers as well as turkey processing companies, which follow USDA guidelines for food safety. Consumers, too, need to do their part to ensure that turkey is handled properly in the kitchen and cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F., as measured by a food thermometer.
  1. Find us on the Web at TurkeytoGo.com or MinnesotaTurkey.comcom and on social media:

facebook.com/TurkeyToGo and facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey

Twitter: @TurkeyToGo and @MinnesotaTurkey

pinterest.com/MinnesotaTurkey

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Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota 4-H Program Honored with Turkey Promoter of the Year Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lara Durben (Email | 763-682-2171)

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) has honored The Minnesota State Fair and the University of Minnesota Extension’s 4-H program with

2016 Turkey Promoters of the Year: UMN Extension Dean Bev Durgan, MN State Fair Executive Director Jerry Hammer, and MN 4-H Program Director Brad Rugg (featured with MTRPC President Robert Orsten, far left).

2016 Turkey Promoters of the Year: UMN Extension Dean Bev Durgan, MN State Fair Executive Director Jerry Hammer, and MN 4-H Program Director Brad Rugg (featured with MTRPC President Robert Orsten, far left).

its 2016 “Turkey Promoter of the Year” award.

The outbreak of hgighly-pathogenic avian influenza in the spring of 2015 created disruptions not only for farmers but for 4-Hers and FFA members raising and showing poultry as part of their projects. When a decision was made to cancel all poultry exhibitions for the immediate future to protect the health of poultry across the state, the Minnesota State Fair and University of Minnesota Extension, and Minnesota 4-H stepped in and worked with MTRPC and others to create a “Science of Poultry” exhibit.

“This exhibit ran during the Minnesota State Fair in the 4-H Poultry Barn,” said MTRPC President Robert Orsten, a turkey farmer from Willmar, Minn. The exhibit included poster boards by 4-Hers, presentations by poultry industry professionals, a “Day in the Life of a Turkey Farmer” video, and banners with influenza, biosecurity, and poultry-raising information.

“The efforts of Extension and the Minnesota State Fair successfully made the experience positive for 4-Hers, consumers, and Minnesota’s poultry farmers,” said Orsten. “We are grateful for the support and assistance of these organizations, especially during this very challenging time for our industry.”

The award was presented at the MTRPC Annual Meeting on March 16 in Saint Paul, Minn. Representatives in attendance included Dean of Extension Bev Durgan, Minnesota State Fair General MNager Jerry Hammer, and Director of Minnesota 4-H Brad Rugg.

For more information about the Promoter of the Year Award or the Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council, please call 763/682-2171, email info@minnesotaturkey.com or visit www.Minnesotaturkey.com.

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About MTRPC

MTRPC is the oldest check-off based commodity organization in Minnesota, celebrating 50 years in 2015. Since 1965, the MTRPC has worked diligently to encourage consumers to eat more turkey year-round, sponsor innovative turkey research and educate a variety of audiences about the benefits of turkey. Programming at the MTRPC is funded by a voluntary grower checkoff program.