Ribfest 2014

Food, fireworks and fun – With Fourth of July weekend here, it can only mean one thing: Ribfest.

Naperville’s largest barbeque had folks coming out from the woodwork for many reasons, some of course for the ribs, some for the music, and some: “For Pig Foot and Lava Rock, we came for both,” said Kim Dusza.

Others came for the rides, including a new one that had its passengers “freaking out.”

“I’ll admit, I was pretty scared at first but it actually wasn’t that bad,” said Brendon Hook.

The 27th Ribfest drew thousands to Knoch park right from the very first day.

“We’re glad to see the sun came out, the rain drained away and people came out to this event so we had a good turnout today.”

“I just think the whole community coming together is fun, eating, listening to music,” said Peggy Dolinar.

The Exchange Club of Naperville organizes the event each year. Club member Dawn Portner took the stage to honor Mayor Pradel, proclaiming “Mayor A. George Pradel Day.”

“Whereas we cannot honestly imagine how many ribs the mayor has consumed in his line of duty,” reads Portner from the proclamation.

The group gave him a personalized jacket, will give him tickets to Ribfest each year for him and three friends for the rest of his life, and made him a lifetime rib judge.

“What an honor! I don’t deserve that, you know,” said Pradel.

Every dollar raised from Ribfest goes to charities that help prevent child abuse and domestic violence.

“This is where it gets serious and where the commitment comes from all of our volunteers,” said DeBoo. “We donate to about 53 different service organizations in DuPage, Will, Cook, Kendall, and Kane county and that’s really important service work that we do.”

If you went to ribfest this year, send us your best pictures. E-mail newstips@nctv17.com.

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