News & Updates

It’s Not Just A Dream: Nelly Will Play Ribfest 2021!

It’s Not Just A Dream: Nelly Will Play Ribfest 2021! July 4, 2021 will be shakin’ to the sounds of this world-renowned and multi-talented artist, whose hits like “Hot In Herre,” “Ride wit Me,” “Cruise,” “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” and many more, have defined the summer music landscape for nearly two decades.

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Absence of Ribfest Creates Hope for Donations

As COVID-19 ravaged the summer festivals calendar, the 33rd Annual Ribfest, which would have taken place in Romeoville over Independence Day weekend, was postponed out of concern for public health. The Exchange Club of Naperville, organizers of Ribfest, are heartened to recognize some initial positive feedback from 2020 sponsors and ticket holders who are opting to donate back portions of their 2020 Ribfest sponsorship or ticket purchases instead of receiving full refunds.

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Refund Update for Exchange Club of Naperville

Thank you for purchasing tickets this year for Ribfest. Tickets for this year’s event will be automatically refunded to your credit card that was used to purchase the tickets. You should see that credit within the next 7-10 days if not sooner. As you may know, Ribfest is more than an annual family, food, fun and music event. It is a major fundraising event, run each year by volunteer members of the Exchange Club of Naperville and thousands of community volunteers, with proceeds going toward the Club’s mission to prevent child abuse and domestic violence.

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Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest Cancellation

The Exchange Club of Naperville, organizers of the 33rd annual Ribfest, have spent the past few months in constant careful situation analysis and discussion, in order to accurately and comprehensively assess the current climate for summer festivals. In consideration of the current COVID-19 conditions and recent capacity restrictions mandated by the state, the Club has concluded that the health and safety of Ribfest attendees, volunteers, and entertainers cannot be guaranteed for such a large-scale public event. Therefore, the Exchange Club of Naperville, along with the Village of Romeoville, regretfully believes that Ribfest simply cannot go forward this year.

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