Gearing up for Ribfest
It sure is that time of year again...carnivals, craft and art fairs, sidewalk sales and ah yes, Naperville's Ribfest. In Ribfest's 20 yr. history, this event is said to draw over 250,000 people from the surrounding Chicagoland area. It has also been voted as âThe Best Fest in the Midwestâ for the last 9 years. My guess it that it draws WAY more than that. Have you ever been around the Naperville area during this festival? It's PACKED. Just last year as a matter of fact, people were turned away who tried to get in to see REO Speedwagon. People such as myself. We didn't have advanced tickets, however, I heard that even people with tickets were being turned away. It was a little sketchy in my opinion. We were singing, "I can't fight this angry feeling" all the way home. Is Ribfest getting too big for it's britches?
This year's main stage musical acts include: George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Los Lonely Boys, Heart, The Psychedelic Furs and Randy Travis. You will find many other musical acts, family entertainment and carnival rides too. THE FOOD! We can't forget the FOOD. There will be approximately 40 food vendors. Can you say, "mini Taste of Chicago?"
The festival runs from June 30th through July 4th. It costs $10 to get in (kids 11 and under are free). If you purchase "advance" tickets, they'll run you about $8. Advance tickets can be purchased at a handful of western 'burb Jewel stores.
Then, last but most certainly not least...MY favorite part of Ribfest...the fireworks! We have never missed this event in the 10 years that I've lived in this area. We cruise on over to Knoch Park and set out our travel chairs on the side of the road and enjoy the most spectacular fireworks event that I have ever witnessed (aside from the downtown Chicago fireworks). This year's fireworks display will be held on the evening of July 4th at 9:30 pm. The fireworks display is also simulcast with music and broadcasted at FM 95.9, The River. We're looking forward to bringing our little Hailey to her very first 4th of July festivities!
I suggest you come on out to the western burbs to see what the fuss is all about. Opt for public transportation though...parking is a "you know what".