HERRIN, IL (KFVS) - One of the biggest Thanksgiving meals in the Heartland was being served up in Herrin.
More than 1,000 pounds of turkey was served at the Herrin Civic Center.
Up to 1,000 people were expected to take part in the meal that consists of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and all the fixings.
Along with the food, there was live music, flat screen TVs to watch the football games and toys for the kids.
The event is in its 23rd year and was open for anyone who wants to have a good time.
"This was never just based on need," said Organizer Bart Mann. "Mayor Quaglia started this in 1988, and he invited the entire community to it. This civic center was brand new in 1988. People were looking for uses to put the civic center to. Somebody came up with the idea of a community Thanksgiving dinner. And, ever since it's been a Thanksgiving dinner for the entire community."
The event was free and food was served until 2 Thursday afternoon.