Knoch Park Undergoes Annual Transformation

Walk through Knoch Park days before Ribfest and you’ll see plenty of activity. Stage building, table setting and tent-raising are par for the course at the beginning of July.

Crews have been hard at work since June 24 to get the park ship shape for the Naperville Exchange Club’s signature event.

“We’ve had a few hiccups,” said Julie Lichter, the Exchange Club’s Ribfest Chair for 2010. “But actually it’s going very very well and as you can see today there’s a lot of activity in the park.”

There’s even more activity in the park than usual because organizers are putting on this year’s event on both the north and south sides of the park, hoping to make it bigger and better than ever.

“We can have 20,000 more people in the park this year than we’ve been able to have in the past,” said Lichter. “So we think that more people from the community will be able to enjoy this event on a daily basis.”

This year’s setup includes a second main stage on the south portion of the venue along with the first stage on the north side. It’s changes like these that have made the year-long process of making over Ribfest an exciting one for Lichter.

“It’s given us a great opportunity to grow this event,” said Lichter. “We also are really looking forward to being able to help all the agencies that need our help and raise a lot of money and we think we’re going to be able to do that this year.”

Now all the 23 year-old festival needs is good weather. And after what Lichter called “51 weeks of praying,” the forecast looks quite promising.

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