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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Calendar followed by event information.
California Aurora Alumni Assoc. will meet on Saturday, May 28th at the California High School. Meal at 6 pm catered by Lutz BBQ. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Meeting following in the gym.
Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival Meeting 5:30 pm in California City Hall
American Red Cross Blood Drive 1-6 pm St. Paul Lutheran Church
207 N. Owen St., California, MO
Capital Region Medical Center Summer Kick-off Day.
Jefferson City, Mo.
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 '22 there were 10 graduates that received our scholarships in the amount of $750 each.
These graduates were:
Colby Arnold, Ellie Clay, Emma Heather, Rylee Hees,
Calen Kruger, Madison McCord, Amber Perez,
Trishelle Porter, Jerry potter, and Elizabeth Turner
Annual Golf Tournament
Typically the golf tournament is held the 2nd Wednesday in June
at the California Country Club.
The 17th annual Golf Tournament for 2022 will be held
Wednesday, June 15th, tee time of 8:00 AM.
2021 Golfing winners!!
1st Place Team-- Chambers, McGuire, Wells
2nd Place Team--Sonic- Helland, Desmond, Mills
3rd Place Team- Hartman, Robertson, Tucker
Last Place Team- Gary Baker, Melissa Baker, & Julie Bird
Score Caddy prize Closest to Pin-- Denny Hamilton
Longest Putt- Cale Brown
50/50 Drawing- Rhonda Mantle
Tee Off Time at
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!
32nd Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival
Always held on the 3rd Saturday in September.
The plans are underway for the 2022 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) $40, Commercial (retail items) $70, Food $85. Booths are 10'x10'. Electricity is an additional $20.
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 www.vacationsmadeeasy.com 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.
Cars & More Show from 9:00 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 and Washer Board Tournament held behind Commerce Bank at 11:00 am with entertainment provided.
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 live entertainment.
Wrapping up the day with a Figure 8 Competition located at the Moniteau County Fair Grounds and sponsored by California Rural Fire Auxiliary.
Click on the links below to sign up for an event.
Held on the first Saturday of December.
This year the date is December 3rd, 2021 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.
HOME & BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST
The Chamber Home and Business Decorating Contest will be taking place in December 5th through December 9th.
The judging will be done between 6-9 pm
Monday, December 5th and Friday, December 9th.
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 2nd 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 2nd 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
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.
Annual Dinner & Business Meeting
The Annual Dinner is held on the 3rd Saturday in January.
The next annual dinner will be on January 22, 2021, at Sweet Chipolte,
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.
catered by Sweet Chipolte
lots of fun for all
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.
2022 Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 9th at 1:00 pm.
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
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
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
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