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Buzz builds as Ribfest preparations continue

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  • Portable toilets are moved into place Monday in preparation for Naperville's 26th annual Ribfest, which begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.

       Portable toilets are moved into place Monday in preparation for Naperville's 26th annual Ribfest, which begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Gary Stephens, owner of Sgt. Oink's Pit BBQ, sets up his booth Monday in advance of Naperville's 26th annual Ribfest, which begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.

       Gary Stephens, owner of Sgt. Oink's Pit BBQ, sets up his booth Monday in advance of Naperville's 26th annual Ribfest, which begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • The main stage at the Naperville Exchange Club's 26th annual Ribfest was set up Sunday, but workers continue stage preparations Monday at Knoch Park in advance of the festival's 4 p.m. Wednesday opening.

       The main stage at the Naperville Exchange Club's 26th annual Ribfest was set up Sunday, but workers continue stage preparations Monday at Knoch Park in advance of the festival's 4 p.m. Wednesday opening.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Ribfest grounds in Naperville already are abuzz as volunteers, electricians, fencing companies and vendors all play their part in getting Knoch Park ready for the five-day celebration of food, music and American independence.

The 13 rib vendors set to sell barbecue pork in their own signature sauces during the festival started arriving at 9 a.m. Monday and soon began installing their grills, booths and signs advertising menus and past awards.

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Marty Walker, Ribfest chairman for the Naperville Exchange Club, said city inspectors were making their way through the park at 724 S. West St. checking newly installed structures for safety.

"There's a great buzz in the park," Walker said "The stage was put up yesterday; our carnival is being set up, too."

Organizers said tables and chairs in the sponsors tent were being set up Monday as well, saving only last-minute details for Tuesday before a Ribfest pre-party planned for that night. Sponsorship funds and ticket sales help the Exchange Club make donations to groups that work to end child abuse.

The park opens to the public from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, and Ribfest continues from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. For details, visit ribfest.net.

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