The City of Highwood, IL is ready to make pumpkin carving history, as host of the Great Pumpkin Fest of 2010.  The four-day festival will bring people from all over together as they attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the most jack-o-lanterns lit in one location.  Plans call for 32,000 pumpkins to light up Highwood on Saturday October 23rd to break the current world’s record set in 2006 of 30,128 pumpkins in Boston, MA.

Great Pumpkin Fest 2009

The four-day Great Pumpkin Fest kicks off on Wednesday, October 20th and will culminate on Saturday, October 23rd with the grand lighting.  The family fun festivities leading up to the record breaking pumpkin lighting will offer plenty of opportunities for people to come and bring their own jack-o-lanterns or carve pumpkins and place them in the display, and then take them back home after the Record Breaking attempt.

Each day of the festival will include the Highwood Evening Gourmet Farmers Market at City Hall Park (17 Highwood Ave), vendors galore, live music on multiple stages, hay rides, a haunted house, pumpkin carving stations, massive pumpkin displays, lighting of the towers,  and much more!

•Wednesday October 20th – 5pm pumpkin pie baking and eating contests at City Hall Park, 6pm kicks off the lighting of the first pumpkin wall of the fest.

•Thursday, October 21st, 4-7pm Pumpkin Dinner and BBQ at Scouts Park benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project(   Military and wounded warriors eat for free.  There will be a Pumpkin Catapult, live music, and pumpkin carving.

•Friday, October 22nd, 3pm-8pm- Carving Night, get your carve on all night! 3-6pm Trick-or-Treating throughout the business district, specials at designated restaurants, taverns, and businesses throughout Highwood, 6:30pm Thriller Dance at City Hall Park.

•Saturday, October 23, 9am-8pm – 9 am Midtown/Athletico Pumpkin Run, 11 am Pumpkin Regatta featuring giant pumpkin flotillas on Lake Michigan, 2-4pm Dress Your Pet Halloween Costume Contest at School of Rock Park, and from 4-5:30pm The Great Costume Parade starting from the School of Rock Park.  From noon-8 pm a day full of pumpkin carving and counting, food, children’s entertainment, live music,and haunted house hay rides, etc.  The festivities culminate at 6:30pm with the lighting and grand display to break the Guinness Book of World’s Record for the most jack-o-lanterns.  At 8:00 pm we will announce the record totals!

Anyone looking for Halloween fun, click on the link for full details

Ciao –


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