LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Thanksgiving would not be complete without a pardoned turkey with a name gifted by a Michigander. Jay Kozlowski of West Bloomfield won the turkey pardon naming contest with the name “Dolly Pardon.”

The winning name was selected from more than 3,900 entries in the statewide contest. This is the second turkey pardoned since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took office.

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“Congratulations to Jay for submitting Dolly Pardon, the winner of this year’s turkey pardon statewide naming contest,” said Governor Whitmer. “Thanksgiving is a special time in Michigan and I am so grateful that we are continuing this fun holiday tradition. I also want to thank every Michigander who entered the competition. I loved reading through the hilarious suggestions. It was difficult to pick just one, but I am very proud we got it done. Looking forward to pardoning Dolly Pardon soon.”

Last year’s pardoned turkey was named Mitch E. Gander.