O’Leno State Park to Host Springs Celebration and Chili Cookoff

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Florida State Parks, and The Friends of O’Leno invite citizens to the O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cookoff (from 9 a.m. to noon) and Springs Celebration (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The event is on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at O’Leno State Park (410 SE O’Leno Park Road, High Springs). Admission to the park is free with the donation of one non-expired canned food item (per person) to benefit a local food bank.

The event includes a chili cookoff, 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 $7. All proceeds assist the Friends of O’Leno non-profit organization with its 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 Resources Program Manager Stacie Greco. “When we over-water our crops and yards, we may be harming the springs of the Santa Fe River by reducing the amount of water available to recharge these important waters. Come to the event to learn how to be part of the springs protection solution.”

For more information, view the Facebook event page or call Haley Cox at 352-264-6825.

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