The inspiration began back in 2002 when Jason Turoff, an Avalon Park resident and local business owner, was invited by his friend John Rivers (CEO of 4Rivers Smokehouse) to join his chili cook off team for a local fundraising event. After spending over 4 hours preparing chili and salsa and raising money for a great cause, his team ended up winning 1st place in the fundraising competition.

Years later, Jason started having chili cook-off parties at his home with close friends and family, but soon realized that his home wasn’t big enough to host as many people as he would like, and that this event could be much bigger, better and could support a much greater cause.

On February 22, of 2013, the vision of the 1st annual FIRE IN THE PARK chili cook off for CURE fundraiser became a reality!