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.
Click on words that are underlined to be taken to an additional link.

Calendar followed by event information.




Hollon Family Chiropractic Patient Appreciation Tailgate 10 am to 2 pm

601 E. Smith St., California, Mo. 65018




Tours of Historical Society Museum 1-3 pm

201 N. High St. California, Mo. 65018




Chamber monthly business meeting- 8 am City Hall Mtg. Rm.

500 S. Oak St., California, Mo. 65018




VFW Fundraiser Grocery Raffle Drawing

Eagles Club- California, Mo. 65018




Moniteau County Historical Society 7 pm DNA Testing? Presentation by Virginia 

201 N. High St., California, Mo. 65018




Show Me Strong Communities- Moniteau County Childcare 9 am City Hall Mtg. Rm. RSVP [email protected] 

500 S. Oak St., California, Mo. 65018




Tours of Historical Society Museum 1-3 pm

201 N. High St., California, Mo. 65018




Christmas California Style Events- Chamber Business Open Houses- Cookie Crawl- Parade- Christmas in Proctor Park

California, Mo. 65018




First Christian Church Fundraiser- Chicken & Noodles, Chili supper following parade. 

107 N. Oak St., California, Mo. 65018


Click on and Complete the following form(s) to nominate a Volunteer or Citizen or Business of the year for 2022.   

Forms must be completed by December 31, 2022.  Please drop the form by the Chamber Office at 500 South Oak St, California MO 65018; or email it to [email protected].

Volunteer of the Year
2022 - Tyler Clenin
2021 - Norm Weatherman
2020 - Dan & Carol Mesey
2019 - Judy Barbour
2018 - Sandra Ratcliff
2017 - Rita Hammerly
2016 - Linda Baer
2015 - Lisa Parry
2014 - Diane Eulinger
2013 - Brad Baer
2012 - Brenda Opel

Business of the Year

2022 - California Veterinary Clinic
2021 - Bonecutter Body Shop
2020 - Leeper Auto Repair

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

Citizen of the Year

2022 - John T Kay
2021 - Ron Harlan & Bob Staton
2020 - Allen Smith
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


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 '23 there were 14 graduates that received our scholarships in the amount of $750 each. 
These graduates were:
California High School- Megan Arnold, Hunter Berendzen, Emma Braby, Alayna Butts, Kyla Combs, Peter Dampf, Martin Kilmer, Treston Lewis, Zoie Moore, Ella Percival, Gabrielle Rohrbach, Emma Russell, and Emma Whitson. 
Jamestown High School- Emma Baepler

Annual Golf Tournament

Typically the golf tournament is held in June
at the California Country Club. 

The 19th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament was held on
Friday, June 16, 2023
 tee time of 9:00 AM.  


2023 Golfing winners!
1st Place Team-- Champions- Abby Spieler, Caitlin Phoenix, Doug Miller
            2nd Place Team- Donnie Maquire, Alan Chambers, Roger Kay
3rd Place Team- Bond Pharmacy- Brian HIlls, AJ Perry, Spencer Wilson
Last Place Team- Hays Rock Works Team 2
Flight A was a 3 way tie- Shelter Insurance (Rex Hill, Don Vernon, Gary Hamilton), 
Henley & Son Construction (Rodney Henley, Wyatt Henley, Jim Deeken) and
Juul Spine & Sport Chiropractic (Bill Juul, Robert Juul, Alex Fenson) 

 Tee Off Time at
9 am



Thirty two 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!



         33rd Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival 

Always held on the 3rd Saturday in September.  

The plans are underway for the 2023 Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival. 

Please reach out to the Chamber office if interested setting up a booth.  You can reach Sandra by email at [email protected] or by phone 573-796-3040 Monday - Friday 8AM-Noon.
Booths are available for Crafters (handmade items), Commercial (retail items), Food. Booths are 10'x10'. Electricity is an additional charge. 

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 from 7 - 9 am.

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

Car Show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Moniteau County Fairgrounds!

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

Flag Raising
at the Court House 11:00 am.

BBQ Contest held behind Commerce Bank at 11:00 am with entertainment provided.
Play Bingo with the Eagles! 

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.

Disc Golf Tournament at Proctor Park. Details coming soon!

Miss Curly & Mr. Gobbler Pagaent 

Wrapping up the day with the Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival Bull Bash and Barrell Racing located at the Moniteau County Fair Grounds and sponsored by the California Area Chamber of Commerce.

Click on the links below to sign up for an event.

Christmas Parade

Held on the first Saturday of December. 
This year the date is December 2nd, 2023 at 5:30 pm.
The theme will be announced. 
The theme is only a suggestion you can certainly be creative and do your own thing.

The Chamber Home and Business Decorating Contest will be taking place in December 4th through December 8th.

The judging will be done between 6-9 pm
Monday, December 4th and Friday, December 8th.
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 1st 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 1st in order to be judged.

Prizes will be awarded to three winners in both categories. All businesses will be judged and the winner will receive the traveling Santa trophy! A "Best of Show" will be recognized at Proctor Park.

Christmas Tree Lighting


City Fire

City Police



Light Up the Park

The 3rd Annual “Christmas in Proctor Park” will be held in 2021! It was a huge success in 2020 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.

[email protected] 

       3rd Annual 
      Proctor Park

Christmas California Style 2021
Business Open House

Bond Pharmacy


Open House Friday, December 6th 9 am-7 pm and Saturday, December 7th from 10 am to 6 pm.

CHS Project Graduation


Christmas Craft Fair- Saturday, December 7th 9 am-3 pm at the California Elementary School. Pictures with Santa 11 am- 1 pm. Lots of vendors!

California Area Community Chorus


Sunday, December 8th 7 pm in Performing Arts Center, CHS will perform George F. Handel’s “Messiah” under the direction of Beth Dampf.

Christmas in Proctor Park


Christmas in Proctor Park- sponsored by California Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of California- 41 businesses & organizations will provide lighted displays in Proctor Park which will be lighted for the first time on Saturday evening, December 2nd. Drive through after the parade or any evening between December 2nd and December 31st. There is no charge!

California United Methodist Church


Love Came Down at Christmas A Nativity Showcase- Saturday December 7th 8 am- 1 pm (during church’s annual Cookie Sale) and 4 to 7 pm and Sunday, December 8th from 2-4 pm. Free admission.

Central Bank


Open House on Friday, December 6th at the main bank at 329 S. Oak St. and at the branch at Village Green. On Saturday morning, at Central Bank, Village Green, the California Kids will perform at 10:30 am. Cookies and chocolate milk will be served after the performance.

Clenin Farm Supply


Open House on Saturday, December 7th from 8 am to 1 pm- Refreshments and drawings!

Commerce Bank


Open House Friday, December 6th- Refreshments 9am to 4:30 pm

Finke Theatre


“Road 23” at 7 pm on December 7th- Sharing music from their CD “If I Was There” and a compilation of all their favorite Christmas songs.

First Christian Church


December 7th following parade- Open House- Chili and Chicken n’ Noodles 5:30-7:30 pm- Christmas Decorations and fellowship.



Launching new Winter Drinks and will have holiday sweet treats. Enjoy a warm drink in our cozy atmosphere to get you in the Christmas spirit! Open 7 am to 7 pm on Saturday, December 7th!

Hawthorn Bank


Open House on Friday, December 6th from 9 am- 4 pm and on Saturday, December 7th from 9 am until 12 noon

Modern Edge Boutique


Open House on Friday, December 6th, 12-7 pm, Saturday December 7th, 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday, December 8th, 1pm to 5 pm. Open House Saturday will include pictures with Santa, letters to the North Pole for kiddos, & gifts with purchases while supplies last!

Mr. G's


Wine Tasting and refreshments from 1-3 pm on Saturday, December 7th

People’s Bank of Moniteau County


Open House on Friday, December 6th- Coffee and cookies

Something Sassy


Friday, December 6th 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm- Huge Christmas Blow-Out Sale! Lots of Hot Sales- Stop by and see Stephanie and her staff at 705 W. Buchanan St.

The Flower Shop FAO, Inc.


Open House on Saturday, December 7th, 8 am to 2 pm- 25% off Christmas items- Drawings- Refreshments

Annual Dinner & Business Meeting

The Annual Dinner is held on the 4th Saturday in January. 
The next annual dinner will be on January 27, 2024. Venue TBD.
Social hour starting at 5:30, award presentations at 6:30, dinner at 7:00. 
Following dinner will be a short business meeting , door prize drawing, and auctions.

Annual Dinner


2021 Menu
catered by Sweet Chipolte

Piccadilly Auction

lots of fun for all

Norm Weatherman

2021 Volunteer of the Year

nominated by Chamber Board Members

Bob Staton & Ron Harlan

2021 Citizen of the Year

nominate a citizen for next year

Bonecutter Body Shop 

2021 Business of the Year

nominate a business for next year

Items for Piccadilly Auction

Items for Piccadilly Auction

Items for Piccadilly Auction

Easter Egg Hunt

Held on the Saturday  week prior to Easter with a rain date of the Saturday of the weekend of Easter. 

2023 Easter Egg Hunt was held April 1st at 1:00 pm in Proctor Park near the Lions Club Gazebo and the Boy Scout House. Prizes were awarded to each age group. Sponsored by Commerce Bank!