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Thanksgiving Holiday Fun Facts

The Plymouth settlers first celebrated Thanksgiving in 1621 making it a time for gathering with friends and family, giving thanks, and ofTom Turkey
course – eating! Did you know that Missouri ranks fifth in turkey production in the United States with an estimated 17.0 million birds raised last year…just one of the facts MERIC has put together for you to gobble up to commemorate this holiday.

152nd Anniversay
Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be a National Holiday on Oct 3, 1863 making this year's Thanksgiving holiday over 150 years old!

17.0 million
Estimated number of turkeys raised in the Missouri in 2014. That's talking turkey!

544 million
The number of pounds of turkeys raised in the United States in 2014.

Fifth
Missouri’s rank in turkey production in the United States for 2014.

Minnesota
The nation’s leading turkey producer at 45.5 million, followed by Arkansas (30.0 million), North Carolina (28.5 million), Indiana (19.0) and Missouri (17.0 million).

Thanksgiving TurkeyTop  Producing States

Canada
Over $3.56 million dollar in Turkey exports were exported to Canada from the U.S. in 2014.

Space Food
When Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin sat down to eat their first meal on the moon, their foil food packets contained roasted turkey and all of the trimmings.

Piece of Pumpkin Pie1.24 billion
The total number of pounds of pumpkins produced in the United States in 2012. Illinois led the states for pumpkin production followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. Many of those pumpkins will end up on our tables as pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.


259
The number of pumpkins produced per acre in the United States in 2012.

1,043
The number of acres Missouri harvested in pumpkin production in 2012.

2.08 millSweet Potatoesion
The number of pounds of sweet potatoes and potatoes produced in the Missouri in 2012.


Wisconsin
The number one state in cranberry production in 2014 with 4.83 million barrels grown, valued at over $230.7 million. Approximately 95% of cranberries are processed for juice or fruit juice blends. Missouri does not produce any cranberries because the tart fruit prefers much cooler climates.


4,400
The number of cranberries it takes to make a gallon of juice.

94%
The percentage of Thanksgiving dinners that include cranberry sauce.

Driving
The most popular mode of travel over Thanksgiving. Nearly 42 million Americans will take a road trip over the holday a 0.7% increase from 2014.

$1.92The average price of regular unleaded gasoline in Missouri on November 17, 2015. Low prices help lower the cost of holiday travel.

46.9 million
The number of Americans that will travel over the holidays for 2015, a 0.6% increase from 2014.

Sources: American Automobile Association; U.S. Census Bureau; United States Department of Agriculture
http://www.thepoultryfederation.com/industry/poultry-and-egg-industry-facts
http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/fruits/cranberries/
http://www.eatturkey.com/why-turkey/statshttp://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/vegetables/pumpkins/
Airlines for America 
http://www.eatturkey.com/why-turkey/history http://wisertrade.com http://www.wiscran.org/cranberries/facts-from-the-bog/ http://www.foodreference.com/html/fcranberries.html

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