California Area Chamber of Commerce Events

Below you will find detailed information about the events held by the Chamber.  Come join the fun at our next event.
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Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival  HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020!  

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Friends of the Moniteau County Library Used Book Sale has been CANCELLED!




Friends of the Moniteau County Library Used Book Sale HAS BEEN CANCELLED




Friends of the Moniteau County Library Used Book Sale HAS BEEN CANCELLED




Friends of the Moniteau County Library Used Book Sale HAS BEEN CANCELLED




Friends of the Moniteau County Libary Used Book Sale HAS BEEN CANCELLED

       2nd Annual 
      Proctor Park

Light Up the Park

The 2nd Annual “Christmas in Proctor Park” will be held in 2020! It was a huge success in 2019 and the Chamber thinks it was well worth the efforts of the participating businesses, the Chamber, and the City of California to try it again!

If you participated last year, you will be assigned to the same spot this year unless you wish to move. If you do wish to be relocated, you must let Sandra at the Chamber office know ASAP! If you do not want to participate this year, please let her know, as well. If you are a new participant and wish to join in the fun, please let Sandra know. She will see that you are assigned a place for your display.

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Light up the Park 2019

Christmas Parade

Held on the first Saturday of December. 
This year the date is December 5th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
The theme is not yet determined. 
The theme is only a suggestion you can certainly be creative a do your own thing.

The Chamber Home and Business Decorating Contest will be taking place in December 7th through December 11th.

The judging will be done between 6-9 pm
Monday, December 7th and Friday, December 11th.
Please have your lights on during these hours if you wish to be judged.

All homes in the city limits will be judged, but please call the Chamber office 573-796-3040 by December 9th to be guaranteed judging. Any residence wishing to be judged that is located outside of the California city limits MUST call the Chamber office before December 7th in order to be judged.

Prizes will be awarded to three winners in both categories. All businesses will be judged (including those displayed at Proctor Park) and the winner will receive the traveling Santa trophy!

Christmas Tree Lighting


City Fire

City Police



Annual Dinner & Business Meeting

The Annual Dinner is held on the 3rd Saturday in January.  The next annual dinner will be on January 16, 2021, location to be announced.  
Social Hour 5:30-6:30 pm
 Presentation of Awards 6:30- 7:00 pm
Dinner catered by Sweet Chipotle 7:00
Piccadilly Auction and Annual Meeting will follow the meal.

By attending you would experience:  live entertainment, social hour with hors d'oeuvres and bartender on site, an amazing dinner, short business meeting, Piccadilly Auction, announcement of the Business of the Year and Citizen of the year.

Annual Dinner


2020 Menu
catered by Sweet Chipolte

Piccadilly Auction

lots of fun for all

Judy Barbour

2019 Volunteer of the Year

nominated by Chamber Board Members

Chelsea McGill

2019 Citizen of the Year

nominate a citizen for next year

Clenin Farm Supply 

2019 Business of the Year

nominate a business for next year

Items for Piccadilly Auction

Items for Piccadilly Auction

Items for Piccadilly Auction

Business of the Year

2019 - Clenin Farm Supply
2018 - Something Sassy
2017 - The Flower Shop
2016 - Mr. G's Liquour
2015 - Bond Pharmacy
2014 - Vision Health Eye Care
2013 - Evers and Co CPA's
2012 - Rackers Manufacturing
2011 - Bolinger Marketing
2010 - California Construction
2009 - Spielers' Inc
2008 - Proctor Lumber Co
2007 - Ken Vaughan & Son Const
2006 - Henley & Sons Const
2005 - Cal's Thriftway Inc
2004 - Burgher Haus
2003 - KRLL Radio

Volunteer of the Year
2019 - Judy Barbour
2018 - Sandra Ratcliff
2017 - Rita Hammerly
2016 - Linda Baer
2015 - Lisa Parry
2014 - Diane Eulinger
2013 - Brad Baer
2012 - Brenda Opel

Citizen of the Year

2019 - Chelsea McGill
2018 - Kenny Kunze
2017 - David & Beth Jungmeyer
2016 - Ilene Matheny
2015 - Judy Scott
2014 - Phil Lewis
2013 - Pam Green
2012 - Roberta Rothstein
2011 - Ann M Perry
2010 - George Shelley
2009 - Richard Schroeder
2008 - Patricia Kay
2007 - James L Martin
2006 - Paul Bloch
2005 - The Rohrbach Brothers
2004 - Norris Gerhart
2003 - Rob Hoff
2002 - Norman Rohrbach
2001 - Melvin Peterman
2000 - Alice Scrivner
1999 - Sally Vogel
1998 - Gary Schmidt
1997 - Morris Burger
1996 - Don Osborn
1995 - Gail Hughes
1994 - Bud Bolinger
1993 - Burl White
1992 - Ed Hurt
1991 - Dorothy Miller
1990 - Dr. Richard Fulks
1989 - Cecil Howard
1988 - Walter Loeber
1987 - Van Adams
1986 - Bill Kirchoff
1985 - Carol Rackers
1984 - Edward Sappington
1983 - Lee Roy Robertson
1981 - Clarence Buch
1981 - Cathy Cartwright
1979 - Eugene Bird
1978 - Bill Gilvert
1977 - Robert L Hurt
1976 - Lloyd Fulks
1975 - Lawrence Cook
1974 - Dr. George Riley
1973 - Richard Barry
1973 -  Marianne Crawford
1972 - Jack Bowlin
1971 - Wayne Woodard
1971 - Harry Minturn
1971 - Sharon Kirchoff
1970 - Melvin Peterman
1970 - Rachel Bolin

Easter Egg Hunt

Held on the Saturday 2 weeks prior to Easter with a rain date of the Saturday of the weekend before Easter. 


Each school year in May several graduating high school seniors are awarded scholarships from the California Area Chamber of Commerce.  Scholarship recipients are chosen based on academics, chamber involvement, volunteering, and plans for the future.  The Chamber believes these scholarships will enhance the the development of our future local business entrepreneurs.  Investing in California areas future!  In 2020 there were 12 graduates that received our scholarships in the amount of $500 each.  These graduates were:
Carson Ash, Allison Bailey, Jenna Berendzen, Hailey Cain, Kendra Dunham, Kendal Marsh, Emily Niemeier, Alyssa Sabartinelli, Makayla Schanzmeyer, Hailey Schepers, Clayton Winkler, and Zoe Zimmerman

Annual Golf Tournament

Typically the golf tournament is held the 2nd Wednesday in June
at the California Country Club. 
The 2020 golf tournament has been postponed with a new date of July 8th, 2020 with a tee time of 8:30 AM.


2020 Golfing winners!!
1st Place Team-- Gratz Realty-- Jim Deeken, Caitlin Phoenix,& Rylee Glenn
2nd Place Team--Garber--Brandon Garber, Tyler Clenin, & Hayden
3rd Place Team- Aaron Keoppen Team
Last Place Team- Gary Baker, Melissa Baker, & Julie Bird
Score Caddy prize Closest to Pin-- Shane Healea
Longest Putt- Roy Barnard
50/50 Drawing- Josh Hoskins 

 Tee Off Time at
8:30 am



Twenty teams enjoy the fun! 



 Cash prizes were awarded to top 3 teams, to Longest Putt, Closest to the Pin, 50/50 Drawing, and Last Place Team.



Local businesses sponsored holes, contributed food & beverages, and provided door prizes!



What a unique year 2020 has turned out to be!!
NO Ham & Turkey Festival for 2020.
See you in 2021.

                           Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival 

Always held on the 3rd Saturday in September.  

The following links and information will come back for 2021.

BLT (Blog for Lifestyle and Travel) recently named the Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival as one of the “50 Fantastic Missouri Fall Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss” on their website. Please visit for more information!

Healthy 5K Walk Run:
                                Location:         Village Green Shopping Center
                                Registration:   6:45 AM
                                Walkers:           race starts 7:30 am
                                Runners:           race starts 7:45am

Eagles Aerie 4027 Ham Breakfast on Main St from 7 - 9 am.

Disc Golf begins at 9:00 am in Proctor Park.

"Anything Goes" Parade starts at 9:30 am.  Line up for the parade is on Smith St at 8:30 am.

Cars & More Show on High St from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Burgers' Smokehouse Country Store & video tour 8:00 am to 5 pm.

Kids' Corner located at the Post Office from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Plenty for the kiddo's to do - FFA Barnyard, Conservation Runge Nature Center Fish Display, Bounce House, games, and more.

Slice of Pie Sale at the Moniteau County Historical Society from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Flag Raising
at the Court House 11:00 am.

BBQ Contest and Washer Board Tournament held behind Commerce Bank at 11:00 am with entertainment provided by Bourbon Creek Band.

Longest turkey sub sandwich provided by Cargill located in front of Commerce Bank at 11:30 am.

North Stage sponsored by Burgers' Smokehouse and features California School Students from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

South Stage sponsored by Co-MO Connect and features the following acts:  The Burney Sisters from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm; Sheltered Reality Drum Line from 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm; Abigail Rose & Dennis from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Wrapping up the day with a Figure 8 Competition located at the Moniteau County Fair Grounds and sponsored by California Rural Fire Auxiliary will get started at 7:00 pm.

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