Media Release

Sixth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 2:00 PM
Springs Festival

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County, The Friends of O’Leno, and the Santa Fe River Springs Basin Working Group invite citizens to the O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cook-Off (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Springs Celebration (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), on Saturday March 23, 2013, at O’Leno State Park (410 SE O’Leno Park Road, High Springs) Admission to the park is free with the donation of one can of food per person to benefit a local food bank.

The events include: a chili cook-off, live music, dance troupes, environmental exhibits, and children’s activities. Chili tasting kits will be on sale for $5.  All proceeds assist the Friends of O’Leno non-profit organization.

“The Springs Celebration is a great event for everyone to learn how their actions are connected to the health of our springs, even when they live tens of miles away from them." said Stacie Greco with the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department.

Potential exhibitors must register online, or contact Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 (There is no fee to participate).

Cooks are encouraged to enter the O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cook-Off (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for a chance to win cash prizes while raising money for the Friends of O’Leno non-profit organization. There are two categories (open division and Chili Appreciation Society International), and the registration fee is $20 for one or $35 for both.  Participants must register online, or contact Ed Bisch at 352-222-0159.   

Click to view the event flyer.

For more information, contact Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).