By DAVID A. WILSON
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.
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.
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.
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.
The event closed out with a Compact Figure 8 / Tuff Truck competition.