The 27th Annual Festival will be on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
The Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival takes place on the third Saturday of September and is located around the historic county courthouse in downtown California. Turkey drumsticks and ham sandwiches are the centerpieces of the festival which celebrates the two largest industries in town, Cargill Value Added Meats and Burger’s Smokehouse. Events include a BBQ contest, antique and classic car show, crafts, the world’s largest turkey sub sandwich, three stages of live entertainment, 5K walk/run, a parade that boasts over 100 entries, an antique tractor show, lots of food, and so much more. ADA approved portable toilets and hand sanitizing stations are available at the festival. The festival is sponsored by the California Area Chamber of Commerce and is in its 27th year.The Festival Committee requests that everyone avoid parking on Oak Street (from Smith to South) during the parade. It is unsafe for the kids, frustrating for the viewers and very difficult for the drivers of the big rigs that make the parade so exciting. There is plenty of room for cars to “park and view” on Smith Street or East Main Street.