How To Ribfest 2014

Ribfest may be one day shorter this year, but that won’t mean you’ll miss out on anything, including those award-winning ribs.

“The 12 rib vendors that we have are among the best in the country. We have two local rib vendors who are the best locally, Uncle Bubs out of Westmont and Robinson’s out of the city of Chicago,” said Ribfest Chairman of Marketing, Don Emery.

Rib dinners can be costly, to help attendees save some dough, The Exchange Club is continuing family fun time.

Adults can get into the park for ten bucks apiece, while kids 11 and under are free from noon to three.

“Also during that time we have a mega pass ticket for the carnival and rides for $10 and we’ve added a rib sandwich for just 5 dollars. So we are really trying to make it affordable for everybody to just come and enjoy the day, have a picnic, listen to music and enjoy the whole festival,” said Emery.

Ribfest not only features delicious ribs from various vendors, but top notch musical acts and you’re going to want the best seat in the house.

“The music this year is terrific. Opening night we have The BoDean’s. Then Sunday of course we have a full day of rock and roll with George Thorohgood preceded by Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat,” said Emery. You could sit almost anywhere and have a good seat because of our big screens and our sound system is just spectacular.”

One of the major issues at Ribfest is parking. With limited spaces downtown and around the park, organizers of the event offer a free shuttle service.

“It’s the easiest way to get to Ribfest. It takes just a couple of minutes, its free both ways, its easy to find your car and get back home, that’s the easiest way,” said Emery.

To find a shuttle near you, head over to or download the all-new Ribfest app for iPhone.

“You can build your own schedule and say, ’hey these are the things I want to see.’ You can build your own little schedule on that and it really works out great,” said Emery.

With all the entertainment, great food, and fun, it’s easy to forget the real reason behind the fest. All proceeds from The Exchange Club’s Ribfest go to local charities to eliminate child abuse and domestic violence.


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