On Friday, April 12th, 2019, the Board of Directors of the Exchange Club of Naperville voted to approve the Ribfest Relocation Team’s recommendation to enter into final discussions on a contract with the Village of Romeoville. This year’s Ribfest, says club president John Dunham, will be the final Ribfest held at Knoch Park in Naperville, its home of over 30 years.
“Our goal for this summer,” Dunham says, “is two-fold: host an incredible Ribfest 2019, and secure a new home for Ribfest 2020 and beyond, so we can continue funding worthy agencies. The discussions with the Village of Romeoville are the next logical step.”
Since the club chartered in 1987, it has been dedicated to funding local and regional non-profit agencies that work to strengthen families, eliminate child abuse and domestic violence, and promote Americanism. More than $17.5 million from its service activities at Ribfest have been distributed to more than fifty local charities.
This year’s lineup for Ribfest 2019 on the Navistar Main Stage includes Billy Idol July 3rd, Flo Rida with fireworks by Meijer July 4th, and Brantley Gilbert July 5th. The July 6th headliner will be announced soon. Tickets are available at ribfest.net. This year’s grand sponsors include ABC7 Chicago, Navistar, Meijer, Naperville Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, Jewel- Osco, Nathan’s Famous Beef Franks, Pella, Gnarly Head, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Guaranteed Rate, Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Great Lakes Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, Euclid Beverage, and D&J Amusements.