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Lee DeWyze rocks Lake in the Hills' Ribfest

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  • American Idol winner and Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze performs at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday. Festival hours are Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit lithribfest.com

       American Idol winner and Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze performs at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday. Festival hours are Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit lithribfest.com
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Jack White of Crystal Lake tries the ribs from Armadillo's BBQ of Atlanta at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday. White has been coming to the fest for about four or five years. More on the festival on Page 5.

       Jack White of Crystal Lake tries the ribs from Armadillo's BBQ of Atlanta at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday. White has been coming to the fest for about four or five years. More on the festival on Page 5.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • American Idol winner and Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze performs at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday.

       American Idol winner and Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze performs at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • American Idol winner and Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze performs at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday. Festival hours are Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. lithribfest.com

       American Idol winner and Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze performs at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday. Festival hours are Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. lithribfest.com
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Michael and Jennifer Hodge of Cary enjoy barbecue with their friends Serene and Butch Berkowitz of Lake in the Hills, left to right, at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday. Festival hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit lithribfest.com for more.

       Michael and Jennifer Hodge of Cary enjoy barbecue with their friends Serene and Butch Berkowitz of Lake in the Hills, left to right, at the Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills on Friday. Festival hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit lithribfest.com for more.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

 
By Brooke Herbert Hayes
bhayes@dailyherald.com

The smell of barbecue and hickory smoke hung in the air as large crowds filtered into Sunset Park on Friday to kick off the weekend at Lake in the Hills' Rockin' Ribfest.

Friday was day two of the festival, and long lines formed at the eight barbecue stands, each with an impressive array of trophies. Some of the vendors hailed from as far as Ohio and Georgia.

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Many festival attendees, including Bob Hoffman of Crystal Lake, try to make it to each of the stands and try as things as possible.

"We try 'em all," Hoffman said. "Every year's a little different, but there's nothing bad here. It's all good."

As night approached, fans gathered on lawn chairs and blankets -- with their plates piled high -- to watch Mount Prospect native and American Idol winner Lee DeWyze perform.

The four-day festival runs through Sunday and includes entertainment, a car show, the Barbecue Smack Down Community Cook-Off on Sunday and, of course, plenty of barbecue all weekend.

Festival hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5; free for children 12 and younger and active military members. For a full schedule, visit lithribfest.com.

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