MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Goodfellows expected a strong turnout.

They got it.

They were expecting 400 guests for the free, public, holiday dinner.

500 people showed up.

Missoula's famous dinner doesn't skimp on food, nor on hospitality.

"I mingle with the crowd when I get lonely," said guest Earl J. Lowry.

The Goodfellows Thanksgiving meals are as traditional and all American as the Goodfellows name.

Fuddruckers may be famous for its hamburgers, but on Thanksgiving Day, the only question is white or dark meat?

About 50 volunteers showed up.

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts greeted, seated and served guests.

Mary Forsch brought her family, her nephews and son, a sister and a great friend.

Mary and her family were having a good time.

Bill Raymond has always volunteered at public dinners in Missoula.

This year, he decided to become a customer instead, and see how it felt to be a customer, for a change.

He said he liked the commotion and the comfort of the holiday meal and its guests.