Media Release

Fifth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration

Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:30 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 31, 2012, 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, shadow puppets, and children’s activities.  Chili tasting kits will be on sale and 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 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. She continued, "When we use a lot of water, fertilize inappropriately, or neglect our septic systems we may be harming the springs of the Santa Fe River.”

Click to see the event schedule.

For more information visit the Alachua County Springs Protection website, or 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).