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Countdown to Ribfest concluding in Naperville

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  • Juliet Tassi and Sarah Zimmerman help post a welcome sign Wednesday inviting visitors into Knoch Park for the 27th annual Ribfest in Naperville. The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

       Juliet Tassi and Sarah Zimmerman help post a welcome sign Wednesday inviting visitors into Knoch Park for the 27th annual Ribfest in Naperville. The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Mike Sampson of Pig Foot Barbecue in Medinah, Ohio, puts finishing touches on his booth display Wednesday during setup for the 27th annual Ribfest at Knoch Park in Naperville.

       Mike Sampson of Pig Foot Barbecue in Medinah, Ohio, puts finishing touches on his booth display Wednesday during setup for the 27th annual Ribfest at Knoch Park in Naperville.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Tim Gilchrist and Scott Cook prepare to lift the Sgt. Oink's Pit BBQ display sign into place Wednesday during setup for the 27th annual Ribfest in Naperville. Sgt. Oink's, of Tiffin, Ohio, is one of 12 vendors who will be selling ribs at this year's fest from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

       Tim Gilchrist and Scott Cook prepare to lift the Sgt. Oink's Pit BBQ display sign into place Wednesday during setup for the 27th annual Ribfest in Naperville. Sgt. Oink's, of Tiffin, Ohio, is one of 12 vendors who will be selling ribs at this year's fest from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
 

Rib vendors rolled into town Tuesday. Ribs were delivered Wednesday morning. And the countdown is on.

The 27th annual Ribfest in Naperville opens at noon Thursday in Knoch Park at Martin Avenue and West Street and runs from noon to 10 p.m. each day until Sunday.

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With decorative balloons inflated, sponsor tents pitched, stages set up and signs posted, organizers from the Naperville Exchange Club were checking Internet hot-spots and conducting final setup Wednesday.

The 12 ribbers who give the fest its name -- and its favorite food -- were putting the finishing touches on their cooking areas and displays of banners boasting "best ribs" or "No. 1 sauce" from various contests.

"It's setting up the grills and getting everything running," Ribfest spokesman Don Emery said.

Admission to the fest is $10 between noon and 3 p, m. each day for folks 12 and older. The price rises to $15 after 3 p.m.

Opening day Thursday will feature a Radio Disney kids show from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the south stage and the BoDeans performing at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage, among other performances.

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