The Chamber and the Community

The Oakley Chamber of Commerce contributes to the community in many ways. Boy Scout Troop 152 holds its charter through the Oakley Chamber. Every year the Oakley Chamber offers a $500 scholarship to a senior from Freedom High School. The scholarship is awarded based on an essay competition. Another long-standing tradition is the Citizen of the Year award, made to an Oakley resident who has contributed to the community in outstanding ways. (Other awards offered at the Citizen of the Year banquet include Business Person of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year.) The Oakley Chamber participates in all of the City of Oakley’s events, such as the Cityhood Festival, National Night Out, the Harvest Festival, and the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Historically, the Chamber of Commerce has been best known for the Almond Festival, an annual event featuring a carnival and a parade. The Almond Fest was also the Chamber’s biggest money-making event, so finding a suitable replacement event is important for the Chamber as well as for the wider community. Almonds are no longer Oakley’s principal business; the most visible crop is now grapes.