Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival helped by good weather

Maylee Hinote, left, won first place in the girls division of the annual Diaper Derby held in the children's area at the Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival Saturday in California. Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks

Maylee Hinote, left, won first place in the girls division of the annual Diaper Derby held in the children's area at the Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival Saturday in California. Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks Photo by Michelle Brooks.

By DAVID A. WILSON

Democrat Staff

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Admission was free to the Children’s Barnyard from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on East Madison Street at this years Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival. The California FFA Chapter members provided lambs, sheep, goats, cows, horses, rabbits and chickens for children to pet and love during the festival. Many of the members attended the animals and assisted children with petting and caring for the animals.

The 23rd annual Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival went well with booths for food to suit nearly everyone's tastes, vendors with almost everything imaginable, and activities galore.

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Stephen Feilbach and Curt Drinkard shared their skills with chainsaws during the Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival Saturday. Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks

There were no weather extremes, although the day started off a bit cool for the 5K walk run at the Village Green Shopping Center and Kiwanis breakfast at the Commerce Bank drive through lot.

The "Get All Fired Up" parade started at 9:30 a.m., with the vintage 1954 California Fire Truck in the lead after the Police Chief. The Boy Scouts conducted the flag-raising and led the Pledge of Allegiance, the California High School "Sounds of Joy" sang the national anthem and Mayor Norris Gerhart spoke briefly.

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Tim Burgher and Alan Sparks were the behind-the-scenes volunteers that kept the South Stage running Saturday. Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks

The weather warmed up comfortably by midday, even getting a little bit warm in the direct sun during the afternoon,

The 70.5 foot long submarine sandwich sponsored by Cargill was built in front of the Moniteau County Courthouse and bingo was played on the courthouse lawn.

The festival goers watched performances on the two outdoor stages and the Finke Theatre stage. A community chorus performed "Celebrate America" on the South Stage.

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Special activities for children ages 10 and under were offered from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday at the Kids’ Korner on the post office lawn. Activities were sponsored by Pedia Cure Relay for Life Team. Children enjoyed , bounce houses corn toss game, basketball shooting, face painting, playing with beans and rice, reading books and a duck pond

The booths offered an indescribable variety of items, including hand crafted pottery items, crafts, t-shirts, purses, scarves, all types of food and beverages. A booth by St. James Winery offered the businesses products.

The car show, antique tractor show and food booths drew people to the Moniteau County Fairgrounds. Disc golf took others to Proctor Park. The "Bourbon Creek" band on Third Street provided music for the adjacent barbecue contest and the washer board tournament.

The Children's Barnyard and Kid's Corner, and the available food and drink delighted the youngsters. The Diaper Derby provided entertainment for parents and grandparents as they watched racing babies.

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The World's Largest Turkey Sub Sandwich was constructed on the south side of the Courthouse Square at the festival. The 2013 was 71 feet long. From 10:30-11:30 a.m., the sandwich was built with the assistance of Cargill employees using two-foot sections of sub-sandwich bread, lettuce, tomato, onions, Miracle Whip, two kinds of cheese and three kinds of turkey. At 11:30 a.m. Mayor Norris Gerhart, Steve Willardsen, previous general manager of Cargill, and Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea cut the sandwich and gave it to festival goers.

The event closed out with a Compact Figure 8 / Tuff Truck competition.

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