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Ribfest 2022 kicks off Friday at DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton; Clay Walker, Elle King and Lee Greenwood performing

WHEATON, Ill. (WLS) — Ribfest returns Friday for the first time since the pandemic and for the first time, the popular barbecue and music festival will be held outside Naperville.

Naperville hosted Ribfest for 32 years, but with construction going on over there organizers had to find a new home for the first time. The festival is now taking place at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

Ribfest is the major fundraiser hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville to help fight child abuse and domestic violence.

Clay Walker to join Elle King as co-headliners for Ribfest 2022

Thousands of people come out every year for the feast to take down some ribs while enjoying live music all weekend.

It’s a return many have been waiting for and there are some slight changes to expect.

“Some things are the same and some things are new,” Ribfest chairperson Bev Schafman. “We still have amazing ribs, but we do have some new ribs. We have a new carnival and a new venue. We are returning to Father’s Day weekend, which is new but also old since out first ribfest was at Rotary Hill in Naperville on Father’s Day weekend.”

Ribfest organizers say Lee Greenwood will fill the role of opening night headliner after Toby Keith bowed out due to health reasons.

It all gets going around noon.

For tickets and other information, click here.

ABC7 is a proud sponsor of Ribfest.

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