Ribfest 2012

Another year of rides, music, and ribs has come and gone. Every 4th of July weekend nearly half a million visitors flock to Knoch Park for the Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest.

The ribs were cooking and the music blasting at Ribfest’s 25th anniversary celebration. Final attendance and money numbers won’t be ready for weeks, but officials say while the turnout was great, it was a little down this year, due in no small part to the weather.

Storms rolled through late Friday night forcing the Steve Miller Band to cut their concert a little short, and leaving many without power. PR and Marketing chair Julie Lichter says that forced a lot of regular patrons to stay home.

Another factor, the extreme heat. People arrived later to the fest due to the 95-103 degree days.

The ones that bore the heat were all smiles. The music and of course ribs were just as good as expected.

The party was in full force, but all the fun serves a much bigger purpose: helping kids. All money raised at the five-day festival goes to local organizations that spend 365 days a year making a difference, eliminating child abuse and domestic violence.

The Exchange Club will distribute the money raised at Ribfest to more than 50 organizations at their annual luncheon in March.

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