Special Events


Ribs on the Ridge

Haines City’s 10th annual BBQ competition sanctioned by Florida BBQ Association will be held on February 23, 2018 from 5 PM to 9 PM and February 24, 2018 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Ribs on the Ridge draws barbecue teams from across Florida and the nation. Professional and amateur teams compete for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the event. Admission is FREE.

Whether you are a backyard cook, a professional or would just like to enjoy good barbecue, Ribs on the Ridge is a can’t miss event!

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Event Applications:    Cook Team Application       Vendor Application

Sauce and Dessert Application        Cornhole Application       Kids Q Application


Local Resort Accommodations:

Balmoral Resort would like to offer a great deal for you to stay at one of their two bedroom town homes for Ribs on the Ridge. This beautiful facility is located 6 minutes from our park! For more information about reservations, please email bookings@feltrimresorts.com or call 866-584-5527. The coupon code for this deal is GM25.

Images of home types at Balmoral Resort click HERE           Images of Amenities at Balmoral Resort click HERE

Current Teams Registered: Click HERE


Chili on the Ridge

Haines City Rotary’s inaugural Chili Cook-Off will be held at Lake Eva Park on
March 3, 2018, from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM.

Anyone can enter as a chili team. Entry fee is $25 and you must provide at least 4 gallons of chili for public tasting and official judging. There will be a “People’s Choice Award” and judged awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Teams will be provided a table, 2 chairs, tasting cups & spoons, and power. Teams are responsible to bring their own tent, serving spoon, and extension cord. Teams must keep chili at appropriate heat, set up by 11:15 AM, and  stay until the end of the event. Winners will be announced at 2:45 PM. Awards are as follows: “Peoples Choice” – trophy, 1st place – $500, 2nd place $250, 3rd place $100.

To register click HERE

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Orange Blossom Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sommer Sports will be hosting the Orange Blossom half marathon, 10K, and 5K on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Starting at the Lake Eva Aquatic Center, this is a loop course through the rural countryside surrounding Haines City.  The 5K and 10K courses are out and back.  Course support and Aid Stations will be available for 4 hours, but the finish line will be open until the final participant is finished. Awards will be given to the Half, 10K, and 5K for top three overall, top masters, and the top three in each division, male and female. For more information please click HERE.

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Relay for Life

Join us for 2018’s I-RISH FOR A CURE: Relay For Life of Haines City & Davenport on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This year, our Relay will be an Irish-themed festival featuring drink vendors, live performers, and food sold by Relay Teams. We will end the event with a traditional luminaria ceremony. Fundraising began in August, so think about how you can raise money for your team! Money can be dropped off at our monthly meetings or donated online via the fundraising app. To create or join a Relay Team, please click HERE.

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Easter Egg Hunt

Haines City’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the Larry Parrish Baseball Complex. The complex is located at 2401 E. Johnson Ave., Haines City, FL.

Ages 2-10 are welcome! Egg hunts will be divided into age groups.
The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures, so don’t forget your camera.

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