Thanksgiving in pounds | Fun facts for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving in pounds pin

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought some fun facts were in order. And since this is a weightlifting site, I give you Thanksgiving: in pounds.

3.1 billion pounds: The total weight of sweet potatoes grown in the United States in 2015, according the U.S. Census. North Carolina led production, growing nearly 40 percent of the nation’s yams.

859 million pounds: The forecasted weight of cranberries produced in the United States in 2016, according to the U.S. Census. Wisconsin was estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 521 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts with an estimated 207 million pounds. 

736 million pounds: The approximate weight of turkeys that were consumed during Thanksgiving in 2016. According to, nearly 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving.

3,699 pounds: The Guinness World Record-holder for largest pumpkin pie. Baked by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in 2010, the pie was 20-feet in diameter. According to, the pie required 1,212 pounds of canned pumpkin, 2,796 eggs (233 dozen), 109 gallons of evaporated milk, 525 pounds of sugar, 7 pounds of salt and 14.5 pounds of cinnamon, and a custom oven to bake.

1,486.6 pounds: The heaviest squash ever recorded on October 1, 2011 at the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest in Ontario, Canada.

89 pounds: Weight of the heaviest turkey, Tyson, according to the Guinness World Records. Raised in the U.K., this heavyweight gobbled up the record in December 1989. According to the site, Tyson was auctioned for charity, fetching a record of $6,692 (£4400).

15-16 pounds: Weight of the average turkey. Approximately 70 percent of that weight is white meat. The average cost for a turkey today: between $1.50 and $2.00 per pound.

5 pounds: The amount the average American thinks they gain in the 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

1 pound: The real amount the average American gains during the holiday season.

Turkey races

Not pounds, but still some fun facts:

4,500: Number of calories in a typical Thanksgiving meal, including appetizers, drinks and desserts, according to the Calorie Control Council.

1,042: Number of turkey trots, gobble wobbles, and wattle waddles registered in the U.S. through

22 Replies to “Thanksgiving in pounds | Fun facts for Turkey Day”

    1. 🙂 Yes, I haven’t done the research, but I bet there are significantly more this year than there were 10 years ago. That’s a great trend to continue!

  1. I love that photo of the giant pumpkin pie! My hubby is a pastry chef and making so many pumpkin pies this week that he’s probably seeing giant ones like this in his dreams. I’m going to show it to him! LOL

    1. I can’t imagine calculating the ratios for a pie that big! One article I read said it that pie fed more than 4,000 people!

    1. Haha, right! That is one gigantic bird. Not sure how I would feel about that thing waddling around. And yes, it does feel like more and I wonder if we don’t experience more muscle loss and fat gain, but the studies didn’t get into that…

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