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Annual Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration Seeks Chili Competitors

Press release from Alachua County

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Florida State Parks, and The Friends of O’Leno will host the annual O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration on Saturday, April 4, at O’Leno State Park (410 S.E. Oleno Park Road, High Springs). Event organizers are now recruiting chili competitors. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for a meat category, vegetarian category, and the People’s choice award.

For contest details or to sign up, visit the Friends of O’Leno event page or email E.J. Bisch at info@friendsofoleno.org.

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

For more information, contact Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Senior Environmental Specialist Hollie Greer at 352-264-6827.