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. Please click here for full details.

Please consider making a tax-deductible charitable donation in any amount, to support the mission of the Exchange Club of Naperville and its community partners in the battle against child abuse and domestic violence in all forms.

Sponsor FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding Ribfest Sponsorships. For general questions and answers, visit our FAQ page.

Q: Who puts on Ribfest?

A: This is the 33rd year that the Exchange Club of Naperville has put on Ribfest! We have raised over $18 million for more than 50 agencies in the area to support kids and families and to eliminate child abuse and domestic violence. So, while you’re having fun, you’re supporting worthwhile charities too!

Q: Who comes to Ribfest?

A: More than 150,000 people attend the event each year from all around the Chicagoland area as well as out of state.

Q: How can Ribfest impact my business?

A: Ribfest offers a number of ways to highlight your business. We customize sponsorship packages to best fit your company’s marketing objectives. From high-impact branding, promotional inclusion on media platforms, engagement with 150,000 patrons through expo opportunities, to hospitality options for entertaining, Ribfest welcomes the opportunity to explore partnerships together.

Q: Is my sponsorship tax deductible?

A: Yes, the Exchange Club of Naperville is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, but discuss tax implications with your tax advisor first.

Q: Where does the money go?

A: The Exchange Club gives away proceeds to over 50 area not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence. In addition, we fund dozens of area organizations and other community needs that strengthen kids and families.

Q: Where can I learn more?

A: Check out our website for up-to-date information on the event, fill out our contact form  or email

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