Don Gifford's turkeys now have celebrity status.
They will soon appear on television.
The turkeys have a role in an upcoming episode of the HBO TV series, Veep. The series is Emmy-award winning and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It returned with new episodes last week and Gifford's turkeys will be featured soon. He's uncertain of the episode in which they will appear. "I don't have HBO," he said.
Gifford who owns a farm store, explained how he got into raising turkeys. A friend had turkey chicks and asked Gifford to sell them for him.
"I've always wanted turkeys," said Gifford. So in the spring of 2015 he got the turkey chicks. He sold some at his farm store and kept a half dozen - three males and three females - which are his breeding stock and also pets.
This past spring, he received a call from Joanne Richart-Young, Agriculture Coordinator for Cecil County asking if he'd lend his turkeys for the TV role. He consented and received $100 for a day's work for two tom turkeys creatively named Tom and Tommy. They were picked up and returned to him the same day.
Gifford said his turkeys will likely have a minor role in the series.
"They cut all their lines," he laughed.