Media Release

Springs Celebration and Chili Cook Off this Saturday

Friday, April 1, 2016 2:00 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Florida State Parks, and The Friends of O’Leno 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.). The event is on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at O’Leno State Park (410 SE O’Leno Park Road). Admission to the park is free with the donation of one can of food (per person) to benefit a local food bank.

The event includes a chili cook-off, live music from the Weeds of Eden, a guided walk along the River Trail, children’s activities, and environmental and art exhibits. Chili tasting kits will be on sale for $5. All proceeds assist the Friends of O’Leno non-profit organization with their mission of supporting the park.

“The Springs Celebration is a great event for kicking off Water Conservation Month this April,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Water Conservation Coordinator Stacie Greco. She continued, “When we over-water our farms and yards we may be harming the springs of the Santa Fe River by reducing the amount of water available to recharge these valuable resources. Come to the event and learn how to be part of the springs protection solution.”

View the event flyer.

For more information, call 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).