Chamber discusses final details ahead of Ham & Turkey Festival

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The California Chamber of Commerce met last Thursday before the Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival on Saturday.

The last minute details were more or less finalized at the last week’s meeting, a week before the festival.

The Chamber’s Executive Secretary Sandra Ratcliff told board members that 62 providers were under contract as of Thursday morning. Participation appeared to be satisfactory at two new festival events, the Moniteau County Queen Contest and the Miss Curly and Mr. Gobbler Pageant. The members of the festival committee noted that there were “quite a few” registrations for the children’s competition until last week, as well as four entries for the queen competition.

All-day events are to take place on this Saturday.

Other matters discussed at last week’s session included some advance planning for other chamber events beyond the festival this weekend. The planning for Christmas California Style has already started in earnest, which already has a prime theme – “A Christmas Story”. To support the growth of a Christmas Chamber event, Christmas in Proctor Park, the board approved the creation of a fund specifically for all related expenses, starting with $ 1,000 from the Chamber’s Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival Fund.

Other elements of the upcoming Christmas celebrations announced at last week’s meeting included dates for setting up and dismantling decorations in Proctor Park – the day after Thanksgiving is the first day the decorations can be pulled up, during the 8th January is the key date when they are to be dismantled. Board members also discussed the possibility of implementing a drive-through experience in the park so that children can see Santa after the parade, taking into account the landscape of active COVID cases in the community at the time.

The group also decided that a decision on the location and menu options for the Chamber’s annual dinner should be made at the next meeting of the committee, scheduled for October 4th.

Other deals discussed Thursday included increasing the budget for the fall decorations on the California welcome sign from $ 750 to $ 1,000 and opting for a $ 5,439.62 CD account with People’s Bank of Moniteau County instead of extending it for another year.

Last month the Chamber welcomed two new members – the West Ridge Events Center and the Main Street Bridal Shop, both in Centertown.

The next regular monthly session of the Chamber is scheduled for Thursday, October 14th at 8 a.m.

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