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Naperville Ribfest to Host First-Ever Hispanic Day

Submitted by the Naperville Ribfest

Naperville Ribfest announces the event’s first ever “El Dia de los Hispanos” or “Hispanic Day” to be held Saturday, July 5 during the 2014 four-day festival, July 3-6, at Knoch Park, Naperville.

Ribfest is sponsored by the Naperville Exchange Club and is a local family tradition of award-winning rib competition, live music, carnival rides, and fun. It annually draws nearly 250,000 attendees.

“We have noticed an increasing Hispanic presence at Ribfest and want to welcome this ever-growing community in a special way,” said Don Emery, Ribfest Marketing and PR Chair. “It’s an affordable, fun-filled outing for the entire family!”

On July 5, Ribfest will feature Latino music from 12-10 p.m., including a special appearance from the nationally renowned band, “Del Castillo.” Del Castillo is an award-winning musical group that fuses rock, Latin, blues, and world music. Their music has appeared in soundtracks for “Spy Kids 3D”, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”, “Sin City”, and “Kill Bill Vol. II” and they have toured nationally with such diverse acts as Styx, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and Willie Nelson.  

In addition, the day will feature Viaje, La Obra (www.laobramusic.com), Rio Bamba (www.riobambaband.com) y Contrabanda Live (www.contrabandalive.com).  For a complete list, visitwww.ribfest.net/hispanicday.

Family specials are available at the gate from 12-3 p.m., including carnival passes good for unlimited rides on the midway for only $10 per person and $5 pulled pork sandwiches.

In addition to the rows of mouthwatering rib vendors from all over the country, the food court will feature cuisine from Sergio’s Cantina, a popular Mexican restaurant from Geneva, IL.   Dozens of free family events are available throughout the day including a petting zoo, inflatables, stage shows, reptiles, magic acts, and events from Disney and the Chicago White Sox.

Adult tickets are $10 per person at the gate and children under 11 are admitted free. Free off-site parking and shuttle are available. For more information, see the website at ribfest.net.
Gerard Schilling May 19, 2014 at 08:32 AM
The only hatred ever expressed is by the liberal left wingers who always have an agenda to shove down the majorities collective throat and call any descent bigotry or racism. The agenda here is the comprehensive immigration reform bill both parties want to pass with absolutely no intention of enforcing it just like the current laws on the books.
Kathy May 19, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Stop making things up Saint. People are sick of constantly being divided. There's nothing wrong with being proud of being an American. Typical liberal twist on things. If you're an American and want to celebrate on independence weekend, it means you're racist? It would never fly the other way, if we had a Caucasian day at a cinco de mayo festival.
Joe Naper May 19, 2014 at 09:10 AM
This promotion is just wrong for a few reasons: The event is held around July 4th, Independence Day. Wouldn't it make more sense to recognize the Veterans of this great country? They are certainly deserving and they come from all Nationalities, not just one. It bothers me that the promoters are bringing in a vender to sell Mexican food and promoting it, I can imagine that the Rib Venders aren't keen on the idea as well. The Mexican food is coming from an establishment in Geneva.. Why are the promoters not supporting a Mexican restaurant from Naperville?
Marty Spielman May 19, 2014 at 09:36 AM
I guess Naperville is addressing the rising Hispanic population. This is just dumb in my opinion. I thought Ribfest was about gathering the "pigs" of the town into one hot space under the sun, not about nationality.

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