We didn't think it would be possible to top last year's Ribberfest. But it happened.

Madison's riverfront was filled with good music, terrific food ... and a crowd that had a great time.

We'll repeat a line we wrote last year because it again applies to Ribberfest... "The crowd kept getting bigger ... and bigger ... and bigger until Bicentennial Park was filled with thousands of residents and visitors."

And, the weather ... goodness, it couldn't have been any better.

Again, first-time visitors seemed surprised by the size of Ribberfest and that a city the size of Madison could pull off such an event. A couple we spent time with from Franklin - less than two hours away - read about the festival on The Courier's website and decided to check out the festival.

They'll be back next year, and they'll bring friends.

From Friday's opening act to Kenny Wayne Shepherd's closing performance, the entertainment lived up to its billing.

Those not too tired to rise Sunday morning found cleanup crews already tackling the massive tear-down project.

Those folks also deserve a round of applause.

The other events that make up Ribberfest were exceptional. From the Pigmania contest to the Courier's Backyard Barbecue Blast (with 52 amateur participants) to the competition for kids, there were plenty of activities for everyone.

Like all community events, Ribberfest couldn't succeed without the help of many individuals and businesses that provided sponsorships and manpower.

To Kathy Ayers and everyone who had a role in the festival we say congratulations and thanks for a terrific weekend.