A final year in Naperville's Knoch Park: Ribfest organizers reflect on three decades

  • The tables are set for Ribfest's final run in Knoch Park in Naperville, where it's been for 31 years.

      The tables are set for Ribfest's final run in Knoch Park in Naperville, where it's been for 31 years. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • The Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest will run at Knoch Park from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with 11 traveling rib vendors, a carnival, kids activities, business booths, concerts and Fourth of July fireworks.

    The Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest will run at Knoch Park from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with 11 traveling rib vendors, a carnival, kids activities, business booths, concerts and Fourth of July fireworks. Daily Herald file photo

  • The Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest will run at Knoch Park from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with 11 traveling rib vendors, a carnival, kids activities, business booths, concerts and Fourth of July fireworks.

    The Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest will run at Knoch Park from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with 11 traveling rib vendors, a carnival, kids activities, business booths, concerts and Fourth of July fireworks. Daily Herald file photo

  • The main stage is set up as Ribfest prepares for its final season in Knoch Park in Naperville.

      The main stage is set up as Ribfest prepares for its final season in Knoch Park in Naperville. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Singer Brandi Thompson of Brandi & the Alexanders, a Naperville native and Waubonsie Valley High School graduate, is about to live out her childhood dream of performing at the Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest. Her band's set is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the south stage.

    Singer Brandi Thompson of Brandi & the Alexanders, a Naperville native and Waubonsie Valley High School graduate, is about to live out her childhood dream of performing at the Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest. Her band's set is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the south stage. Courtesy of Sharon Radisch

 
 
Updated 7/3/2019 11:07 AM

Despite the name conveying only food, Ribfest in Naperville has grown into a major music destination that's now approaching its final year in Naperville's Knoch Park.

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