Naperville Ribfest naming new mascot in Saturday reveal

The new mascot created for the 30th year of Ribfest in Naperville has overalls and a guitar, and soon, he’ll even have a name.

“Piggy Needs a Name,” as the nearly 7-foot tall mascot has been known since festival organizers created him earlier this year, will be christened with a permanent moniker during a downtown event beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

At Naperville Bank & Trust at 5. S. Washington St., the big piggy that will roam Knoch Park throughout the four-day fest that runs June 30 through July 3 will gain its true identity.

The ceremony comes after a contest the Exchange Club of Naperville hosted to let children name the new mascot. Ribfest spokeswoman Erin O’Donnell said she didn’t know the exact number of names submitted by classes of elementary and middle school students in the Naperville area, but there were plenty of creative options. Read more.