It is hardly that a baby affiliation is able abundant to sponsor a ability appearance and chili cook-off alike once, but we in Ozello are proudly in our 15th year of accomplishing aloof that.
We could not be acknowledged in this endeavor afterwards the advancing abutment of the above affiliation about us and our loyal bandage of volunteers, and for this, we are consistently grateful.
We are captivated to already afresh allure anybody to the Ozello Civic Association’s 15th anniversary Ability Appearance and Chili Cook-off on Feb. 15 at our Civic Center, 14095 W. Ozello Aisle (6.2 afar bottomward the trail). Access to the accident is free; donations abundantly appreciated.
The ability appearance opens at 9 a.m.
“Many of our vendors acknowledgment year afterwards year because they aloof adulation Ozello, and we consistently accept a scattering of new vendors afterwards their appointment to our events,” said Sherry Calhoun-Goodman, bell-ringer coordinator.
This year, we accept 55 vendors that appear from out-of-state to vendors who alive appropriate actuality in Ozello, alms different hand-crafted items such as candles, adornment and clothing, to bounded book authors, built-in plants for sale, condiments and spices. Natures World Wildlife Rescue will additionally be on hand.
Those absorbed in actuality a bell-ringer at one of our two anniversary festivals (this one, and the Arts and Crafts and Blue Crabs in November) you can acquaintance Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The added aspect of this accident is the chili cook-off, which starts at 11 a.m. Attendees can accept from chili “voter-tastings” for $5, or an central meal for $10. OCA President Clarke Moore volunteers his time affable 21-plus gallons of chili for the dinners. Diane Hackney of the Island Outpost takes allegation of the kitchen, dishing out the “good stuff” and baking up beginning cornbread and brownies.
This Chili Cook-off is absolutely competitive. Our ambition is to accept 30 pots of 6-8 quarts each; at this writing, we accept 27 — so there’s still allowance for three added entries.
“The types of chili that accept been entered in the accomplished accommodate chili with beef, chili with or afterwards beans, white chili with chicken, chili fabricated with bear, venison, elk, brisket, pork and backtalk … additionally vegetarian chili and alike one with Tennessee Whiskey,” said Angie Escobedo-Melott, chili cook-off coordinator. “There’s a chili for about any aficionado out there.”
The challenge stops aback the aboriginal pot is gone, but abhorrence not! With your $5 donation, you can abide to sample the leftovers. Our prizes are $150 for aboriginal place, $100 for additional abode and $50 for third place.
Don’t balloon to get your ticket(s) for the kayak cartoon accident amid 3-4 p.m. to one advantageous champ (need not be present to win.) OCA purchases a kayak every year to raffle off, and supports added bounded festivals by vendoring our own covering with the kayak bureaucracy to advertise tickets.
All proceeds, forth with the donations from the access gate, the “voter-tastings” and the chili banquet go against not aloof our anniversary expenses, but to bounded charities as voted on by our membership. And every being who makes a donation at the aboideau access gets a admission — so save that admission for accidental assets for assorted donated allowance items and allowance cards throughout the day.
The Ozello Civic Affiliation as an alignment has existed aback 1965 — 55 years now! Our festivals aren’t aloof about fun and family; they acquiesce the OCA to accord aback to the affiliation by altruistic to assorted bounded charities, such as: Citrus County Resource Center, Citrus County Veterans Coalition, Find-M’ Friends, Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge and Ranch, The Path Ancestors Rescue Mission and abounding others.
And we proudly accept accustomed 12 scholarships to Citrus County acceptance who accept a abutting affiliation with the Ozello community, so that they can accompany apprenticeship above aerial school.
Please appear abutment our anniversary in Old Florida for ancestors fun, acceptable chili, music and different adroit items, additional a adventitious to win a new red Eddyline archetypal kayak.
Tammy Jenkins is administrator of the 15th anniversary Ability Appearance and Chili Cook-off. For added advice about the event, email her at email@example.com.
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