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Thanksgiving Dinner...What Does it Cost for Turkey and the Fixings?

(Le Mars) -- The general cost of your Thanksgiving dinner is up only one percent over last

year- this according to Dave Miller, director of research and commodity services for the

Iowa Farm Bureau.

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That dinner includes: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries

a relish tray of celery and carrots, pumpkin pie with whipped topping, milk and coffee for

10 people equates to $49.48.  Last year's cost was $49.20, which went up a large amount from

2010 when the average cost was $43.47 for 10 people.


Miller says the increase this year come primarily from the cost of turkey going up just a

bit due to feed prices rising after the dry summer.

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Iowa is third in turkey production in the U.S. and much of the turkey you'll eat as a

northwest Iowa resident, probably came not far from home.

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Miller also says to be thankful this year for our ability to have such a bountiful meal

for a reasonable price around the Thanksgiving table.

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