Ribs, Rides, and Rock

Fourth of July Weekend means one thing in Naperville: it’s time for Ribfest!

“Ribfest has been the best thing for us,” said Lisa Firell, a Naperville resident. “It’s so much fun!”

The Exchange Club of Naperville’s annual event brings rides, games, family fun, festival food, and of course, RIBS!

“I’m looking for the Australian ribs,” said Nathaniel Smiley, a Riverdale resident. “I haven’t found that booth yet, but I’m looking for it.

As always this year’s Ribfest drew a crowd that came a lot farther than just around Naperville.

“It’s a great day for the kids, a lot going on, and it’s a beautiful day,” said Staci Fang, a Miami, FL resident.

While the food alone draws many people to Knoch Park, others come for the live music.

“I came here to see REO Speedwagon, Phil Vassar, the whole crew,” said Scott Wheaton, a Lansing Resident.

Exchange Club members donate the proceeds from Ribfest to several not-for-profit organizations with the goal of eliminating child abuse and domestic violence.

“Last year we were about half a million dollars, I’m hoping to beat that this year,” said Jerry Kochurka, Chairman of Ribfest 2011. “But half a million dollars back to charity, even if it’s that low, it will still be a happy day for me.

So while for some Ribfest is about the food, for others, the music, for Exchange Club members, it’s about kids.

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