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North Center’s Ribfest Canceled Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The festival was originally scheduled for the weekend of June 12.

Ribfest 2018
Courtesy Steven E. Gross/ North Center Chamber of Commerce
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NORTH CENTER — North Center’s Ribfest won’t be held this year to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The North Center Chamber of Commerce announced the cancellation via a Facebook post Friday afternoon. The festival was originally scheduled for the weekend of June 12.

“We would love more than anything to be preparing to host our favorite North Center summer tradition right now, but as stewards of this community, we must put the health of our neighbors and members first,” chamber officials said in the post.

Ribfest has been held on Lincoln Avenue in North Center for more than 20 years and typically attracts more than 50,000 attendees.

“It was a difficult decision to make,” said Lindsay Eanet, the chamber’s executive director. “We’re very proud to stand behind this festival, which has invested over $400,000 over the years into our local schools and nonprofits like Common Pantry.”

Eanet is also asking fans of the canceled festival to support their local businesses, past festival partners and nonprofit beneficiaries during the stay home order and dine-in ban.

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