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Naperville Ribfest plans Hispanic Day

Thousands of fans pack in Knock Knoll Park in Naperville to see REO Speed Wagon on Friday at Naperville Ribfest.  Terence Guider-Shaw
Thousands of fans pack in Knock Knoll Park in Naperville to see REO Speed Wagon on Friday at Naperville Ribfest. Terence Guider-Shaw

Naperville Ribfest organizers have announced they will hold the event’s first ever “El Dia de los Hispanos,” or “Hispanic Day,” July 5 during the four-day festival this summer.

Ribfest will run July 3 to 6 at Knoch Park in Naperville. Ribfest is sponsored by the Naperville Exchange Club and features rib competitions, live music, carnival rides and more.

“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 public relations chairman. “It’s an affordable, fun-filled outing for the entire family.”

On July 5, Ribfest will feature Latino music from noon to 10 p.m., including a special appearance from the band “Del Castillo.” Del Castillo is an award-winning musical group that fuses rock, Latin, blues, and world music, Ribfest organizers said.

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 musical acts Viaje, La Obra and Rio Bamba y Contrabanda Live.

Family specials are available at the gate from noon to 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 rib vendors from all over the country, the food court will feature cuisine from Sergio’s Cantina, a popular Mexican restaurant in Geneva.

Adult tickets are $10 per person at the gate and children under 11 are admitted free.

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