CANCELLED – 13th O’Leno Olé Chili Cookoff

This April 4, 2020 event has been cancelled for the safety of our O’Leno State Park visitors due to the current statewide concerns regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Watch for future plans for this event! We will be back!

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

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”!

This year there is also a Bonus $50 for the winner of the Vegetarian Category sponsored by the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. 

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.

To download a Cookoff Registration form, CLICK HERE.

Day of Cookoff 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.