30th annual fest offers 100 percent chance of ribs in Naperville

  • Ashley Canankamp of Sgt. Oinks BBQ sets up a banner Thursday for the ribber's booth in Knoch Park, the site of the Exchange Club of Naperville's 30th annual Ribfest from Friday through Monday.

      Ashley Canankamp of Sgt. Oinks BBQ sets up a banner Thursday for the ribber's booth in Knoch Park, the site of the Exchange Club of Naperville's 30th annual Ribfest from Friday through Monday. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A sea of tables and chairs are ready for diners at the Exchange Club of Naperville's 30th annual Ribfest, which is set to begin at noon Friday in Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.

      A sea of tables and chairs are ready for diners at the Exchange Club of Naperville's 30th annual Ribfest, which is set to begin at noon Friday in Knoch Park, 724 S. West St. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Alex Varvarezos of the Naperville Park District sprays pathway lines in the grass of Knoch Park as the final touches put in place Thursday for the Exchange Club of Naperville's 30th annual Ribfest.

      Alex Varvarezos of the Naperville Park District sprays pathway lines in the grass of Knoch Park as the final touches put in place Thursday for the Exchange Club of Naperville's 30th annual Ribfest. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

The forecast for the Fourth of July weekend might be a 50/50 mix of rain and sun, but festival lovers in Naperville know there's a 100 percent chance of pork.

That's because the Exchange Club of Naperville's 30th annual Ribfest opens at noon Friday for its four-day run in Knoch Park.

Ribfest steering committee member Bob Pschirrer says it takes two weeks to turn the park from a simple site for ball fields and playgrounds into a 20-acre hub of ribber booths, tents and tables, walkways and stages for musical acts.

Highlights of the event include shows by Toby Keith, the B-52s, Shinedown and The Wallflowers; daily corn-on-the-cob eating contests and a professional eating contest at 3 p.m. Saturday, in which participants registered with Major League Eating will try to earn a spot in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York.

And for this year's finale fireworks show, set to blast off about 9:30 p.m. Monday, viewers can tune their radios to 95.9-FM the River for a soundtrack to complement the spectacle.

Organizers plan to open the park gates after the Monday headliner, The Wallflowers, finishes playing, so anyone can enter free to watch the fireworks.

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