A way to say "thank you" to the senior citizens of the Neosho R-5 School District, the annual Senior Citizens Banquet was held Friday at the Neosho Middle School.

A total of 811 senior citizens were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, entertainment from students, door prizes and other giveaways.

Ron and Vicki Bunzel were told by their friends — Dennis and Nancy Taylor — of the annual event.

"This is our first time to this banquet," Ron said, with a smile on his face. "I have been to every state in the union except Hawaii and this is the first time that I have ever seen this happen. It is nice of them to do that."

Ron said that they enjoyed the food and the entertainment.

"We really enjoyed it, they put on a real good show," he said. "We got to see a lot of people that we don't see all of the time."

For Alice Cook, this was her second time to attend the banquet.

"I enjoy it, I really do enjoy coming here," Cook said. "I am by myself, I like the company. I really like people's personality. They are really nice."

Entertainment included the Goodman Elementary Choir, the Neosho High School Choraleers, NHS Sugar and Spice.

The door prizes were donated by area businesses. Each of the participants was also treated to goody bags, with informational items and some presents.

Students also served the food to the senior citizens.

Asked how the food was last year, Cook said, "It was delicious, really, really good."

Donna Severs enjoyed the day. It too was her second time to the banquet.

"I enjoy the food and the entertainment," Severs said.

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, Severs is gearing up for that special day.

"I always have it at my house, all of my kids come, grandkids and great-grandkids," said Severs.

Cook also has plans for Thanksgiving.

"My grandson is going to fix dinner," she said. "He is a good cook."