After 32 years, Ribfest says goodbye to Naperville

  • Covering her face and fingers with sauce is part of the Ribfest experience for Isabella Salti, 14, of Hinsdale. She and her twin sister, Doreah, have been coming to the festival in Naperville for years. After 32 years, Ribfest is expected to move to Romeoville next year.

      Covering her face and fingers with sauce is part of the Ribfest experience for Isabella Salti, 14, of Hinsdale. She and her twin sister, Doreah, have been coming to the festival in Naperville for years. After 32 years, Ribfest is expected to move to Romeoville next year. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • It's a bit daunting to sample from all 11 rib eateries on the last day of Ribfest, but Ken and Kathy Austin of Naperville start Saturday with good intentions and clean shirts.

      It's a bit daunting to sample from all 11 rib eateries on the last day of Ribfest, but Ken and Kathy Austin of Naperville start Saturday with good intentions and clean shirts. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Aralyn Murry, 6, of Aurora, gives two thumbs-up after tasting a sample of her dad's rib plate on the last day of Ribfest in Naperville.

      Aralyn Murry, 6, of Aurora, gives two thumbs-up after tasting a sample of her dad's rib plate on the last day of Ribfest in Naperville. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • People from all over get their craving for ribs satisfied Saturday on the last day of Ribfest in Naperville. After 32 years, the four-day event is expected to move to Romeoville.

      People from all over get their craving for ribs satisfied Saturday on the last day of Ribfest in Naperville. After 32 years, the four-day event is expected to move to Romeoville. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Wearing stickers from the vendors he's already sampled, Chuck Martin of Berwyn chows down on ribs at Ribfest in Naperville.

      Wearing stickers from the vendors he's already sampled, Chuck Martin of Berwyn chows down on ribs at Ribfest in Naperville. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Dancing with a trophy from another ribs competition, Israel Olider of Ohio urges patrons at Naperville's Ribfest to Lick My Ribs.

      Dancing with a trophy from another ribs competition, Israel Olider of Ohio urges patrons at Naperville's Ribfest to Lick My Ribs. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 7/6/2019 5:25 PM

The Exchange Club of Naperville called this year's Ribfest the "Last Nights at Knoch" because the festival must move next year to a new location. Saturday was the festival's true finale on the grounds where it has taken place all but one of its 32 years.

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