Ribfest is officially coming to Romeoville.
The Romeoville Village Board passed a resolution Wednesday approving an agreement between the village and the Exchange Club of Naperville for the planning and operation of Ribfest.
The summer festival will take place on four consecutive days around Independence Day with performances from top musical artists, according to a news release.
“We are thrilled that Ribfest will now call Romeoville home,” Mayor John Noak said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our community while supporting the Exchange Club’s mission.”
As part of the agreement, Romeoville residents will have the opportunity to buy main stage entertainment tickets 72 hours earlier than the general public and at a discounted rate, according to the release. Romeoville residents will also not be charged a general admission fee on the day of the fireworks show.
Although Ribfest will be hosted on village property, the Exchange Club of Naperville organizes and runs the event, according to the release. The village will be responsible for tasks such as security and traffic control as part of the agreement. An extensive transportation and parking plan is being developed to address the expected attendance at the event.
The Exchange Club of Naperville is a nonprofit organization that aims to prevent child abuse and domestic violence, according to the release. The organization has contributed more than $17.5 million in Ribfest proceeds to other organizations that share its goals.
“We look forward to forging a successful partnership with Romeoville for Ribfest 2020 and beyond,” said Bob Black, the Ribfest 2020 chairman. “The Exchange Club welcomes this great opportunity to continue and to expand upon the success of our event and our mission.”
All vendors and volunteer organizations interested in Ribfest should visit exchangeclub.org. Ribfest 2020 information will be available early next year.
Earlier this year, the Exchange Club said Romeoville was among the finalists for a new location for Ribfest. The annual festival had to move from its original location in Naperville because of construction plans.
Village officials also said that the arrival of Ribfest would not affect Romeofest, which will continue for its 30th year in August 2020.