To continue with tradition, Governor Robert Bentley pardoned Clyde the turkey for the 2011 Thanksgiving season. The ceremony was hosted at the Alabama Governor's Mansion in the foyer. Johnny Adams, President of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association spoke, as well as Mr. Bill Bates, Governor Bentley, and First Lady Dianne Bentley.
Following the pardon, Mrs. Bentley discussed her Blankets with a Blessing project and was presented more blankets by the Poultry and Egg Association. Then Riverchase United Methodist Day School kindergarten students presented their own quilt made of squares that each student drew. They also sang several songs to Clyde who happily walked around the foyer to greet all of the guests.
The Bentley's both stated their thoughts on the importance of the Thanksgiving season and the need for everyone to find at least one thing to be thankful for. They hope to continue this tradition as the administration continues.