Both Illinois and Wisconsin host Ribfests, but which one takes the top spot.

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Summer Festival Season Is Kicking Off In The Midwest

Besides the Midwest weather, there are plenty of other reasons to love summer. Definitely, one of the top things is the festival season. There are many great ones in Illinois and Wisconsin. Luckily, where I live in Rockford, Illinois I have easy access to both.

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Which State Has The Better Festivals?

Someone asked me the other day, who has better festivals, Illinois or Wisconsin. That is a very difficult question to answer because there are so many. Plus for the most part, they are both really different so it's like comparing apples to oranges.

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I did find some common ground. There is a big annual Ribfest in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Let's compare those similar events and see who ends up rated number one.


What's Great About Elkhorn Ribfest In Wisconsin?

  • It's considered one Of Wisconsin's largest BBQ festivals.
  • 5 days (July 13th through July 17th).
  • Walworth County Fairgrounds.
  • Free admission.
  • Free parking.
  • Many food vendors.
  • Professional BBQ champions.
  • Live music (local and regional bands).
  • Bike show.
  • Camping.
  • Beer.
  • Artisan Village.
  • Carnival.
  • And much more.
  • For more info, HERE.
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What's Great About The Exchange Club Of Naperville's Ribfest In Illinois?

  • 4 days (June 17th to June 20th).
  • DuPage County Fairgrounds In Wheaton.
  • Award-winning ribs.
  • Many food vendors.
  • Carnival.
  • Family fun area.
  • General entry is free.
  • Entertainment is national touring bands but tickets must be purchased to enter.
  • Benefits charity.
  • For more info, HERE.
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Who Wins Home Of The Best Ribfest Title?

Honestly, I don't think you could go wrong. Either would be a deliciously good time. My suggestion is to hit them both and decide for yourself. I've been to the one in Illinois a couple of times. The food and entertainment are always excellent.

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My goal for this summer is to check them both out so I can give an honest opinion. I have heard from a few friends that Elkhorn is worth the drive for the food.

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