Naperville's Ribfest wraps up with Fourth of July feast, fireworks

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Ribfest ends Monday with a July 4th feast ... and fireworks. (WLS)

On Monday, Naperville was *rib,* white, and blue.

On the fourth and final day of Ribfest, it was a Fourth of July feast.

"It's festive. I like it. I'm happy. Food's good. Beer's cold. Yeah, people are nice. Hanging out in lines with some folks. It's good," said Jean Reising, who attended Ribfest.

"Today's a very positive, upbeat day. Everyone's in a good mood. I've talked to a lot of people. I've thanked all the volunteers, and everyone's in a great mood today," said Mary Kennedy, a Ribfest attendee.

The festival's 12 rib vendors, also called ribbers, had something for everyone - sauces, rubs, grilled and smoked.

All a mouth-watering assault on the senses.

"You can't beat the smell of fried, grilled foods all converging. It's like a potpourri for the senses," said Frank Gradishar, a Ribfester.

This weekend's mild weather has helped bring the crowds out, organizers said.

The festival ends Monday evening with a 30-minute fireworks show, an exclamation point on a successful four days.

"Each night has been great with great crowds, wonderful people having a great time, celebrating America's birthday, celebrating ribs, music, food, fun. What more can you have?" said Ray Kinney, Ribfest spokesman.

Over the last 28 years, RibFest has supported more than 50 local agencies who work to prevent and eliminate child abuse and domestic violence. During that time, $14.5 million has been raised.
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