13th O’Leno Olé Chili Cookoff

April 4, 2020

Bring your favorite chili recipe and compete with the best at this CASI-sanctioned event. CASI membership not required. There will be trophies for 1st – 10th place, and 1st – 3rd place for Showmanship. CASI rules can be found at CASIchili.net.

Or, compete in the Open category where anything goes! There will be 2 Open categories:  with Meat, and Vegetarian, with trophies for 1st – 3rd place winners, and cash prizes of $50 for 1st place and $25 for 2nd place in each Open category. Contestants must be 18 years or older. A cash prize of $100 will be presented for the “Peoples’ Choice”!

Come ready to prepare your chili from scratch outside in the Chili Cookoff arena. Volunteers will be happy to assist you in getting set up. Cooking with gas burners is recommended, but a limited supply of electric access is available, first-come first-served.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Cookoff runs from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: $20.00 per team for one category, $15.00 for each additional category.

2020 Springs Celebration

And in conjunction with the Cookoff, be sure to take in all the activities of the Springs Celebration! All happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kids Activities, Environmental Exhibits, Art Vendors, and Live Music. Plus, a guided interpretive walk on park trails. Chili Taster kits will be offered for $5 starting at 12:30 pm, tasting begins at 1:00 pm. Chance drawings for items generously donated by local businesses.

All proceeds from this event will be used to support improvements and educational programs at O’Leno and River Rise Preserve State Parks.

Sponsored by Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, the Friends of O’Leno and Florida State Parks.

Results from the 2017 O’Leno Olé Chili Cookoff

We sure had a beautiful day for our 10th Annual O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cookoff and Springs Celebration! And plenty of folks turned out to enjoy the music, presentations, arts and crafts, and CHILI!

O’Leno’s 10th Olé Chili Cookoff took place April 1, 2017, and winners are as follows:

CASI Chili Category:

1st Place – Amy Harder, “Black Dog Chili,” High Springs, FL
2nd Place – Brett Harder, “Chugwater,” High Springs, FL
3rd Place – Bert Dunn, “Beer Bay Chili,” Homosassa, FL
4th Place – Stuart Frye, “School House Chili,” Pensacola, FL
5th Place – Brenda Macrides, “GrannyB’s Getcha Sum,” Ft. White, FL
6th Place – Kitty Dolan, “Miss Kitty’s Fire Gal Chili,” Brooksville, FL
7th Place – Tom Calano, “Doing Time Chili,” Brooksville, FL
8th Place – Candi Knight-Arevalo, “Candi Kisses,” Wellington, FL
9th Place – Tammy Imus, “Tams CASI,” Orange Park, FL
10th Place – Chuck Stock, “Chuck Wagon Chili,” Orange Park, FL

CASI Showmanship:

1st Place – Jane Calano, “Maggie’s Lucky Again Irish Chili,” Brooksville, FL
2nd Place – Chuck Stock, “Chuck Wagon,” Orange Park, FL

Open Chili With Meat Category:

1st Place – Bert Dunn, “Beer Bay Chili,” Homosassa, FL
2nd Place – Kathy Martin, “Black Bear Chili,” Beverly Hills, FL
3rd Place – Chuck Stock, “Chuck Wagon Chili,” Orange Park, FL

Open Vegetarian Chili Category:

1st Place – Angela Knox, Bell, FL

People’s  Choice Award:

Brett Harder, “Lazy S Chili,” High Springs, FL