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Naperville Ribfest 2016

Naperville’s largest barbeque and entertainment festival had thousands of people coming out to Knoch Park for the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate Ribfest hosted by The Exchange Club of Naperville.

“The reason we do it is to prevent child abuse and to prevent domestic violence abuse so we don’t care what you really call it we just really try to get the right mesh to put on a great show for people,” said steering committee member in charge of Sponsorship, Bruce Erickson.

4,000 volunteers helped to organize the event which had folks lining up to get a taste of different styles of ribs from 12 different vendors, which made me question how exactly do you choose just one.

“Because of the awards, we looked up there and said we got to pick a line at some point,” said Cary and Ken Mark.

Ribbers came in from across the nation all competing for the award and recognition of best ribs.

And after coming in second place last year, Texas Outlaws BBQ brought their A game and took home first place this year.

“I had some ribs over there and some sausage it was really good,” said Garret Orszulek, Ribfest visitor.

Reigning champs Desperado’s BBQ took home second place and Mojo’s Rib Shack followed in third.

If the ribs or other delicious food spots weren’t enough, there was entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

The event was filled with activities, which included a magic show, a petting zoo and a carnival.

“All the rides like it’s so fun around here like it’s too much fun I don’t want to leave I want to stay here all day,” said Joel Kon.

Many people shared the excitement as they hung out for a full day just to save a seat at the Navistar main stage for the headlining entertainment of the night, Sheryl Crow.

The Exchange Club of Naperville is hoping to raise around $700,000 for this years four day event.



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