October 9-11, 2015
The Village of Highwood is the place to be this weekend for an amazing display of carved and lighted pumpkins at the 6th annual Great Pumpkin Festival. A family-based community more than one hundred years old, Highwood citizens and those of surrounding communities turn out to try to break the world record of 30,581 pumpkins carved in one place – all for a good cause. All proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Illinois. Their ultimate goal is to light a pumpkin for each of the 52,000 affected by autism in Illinois. The event is sponsored by the Autism Society of Illinois and the City of Highwood.
This year, they need the assistance of citizens, since the number of pumpkins on hand will not be sufficient to break the record, so they ask that people bring a carved pumpkin and a candle to the drop-off area in front of Highwood City Hall. Place the candle inside the pumpkin, and be rewarded with a free admission wristband to the weekend event for the great pumpkin lighting extravaganza on Sunday night. Otherwise, the admission will be $2.00 per person.
The Pumpkin Festival is an amazing weekend of family fun and charitable good works, and the list of entertainment activities is a child’s dream: Trick or Treat, of course, but also a Great Pumpkin Maze, hay ride, pet costume contest, pony rides, carnival rides, kid’s crafts, music, 5K Pumpkin Run and Walk (in costumes!) and a Kid’s Dash. New this year is a pumpkin seed spitting contest and pumpkin pie eating contest. Celebrities from HGTV will also be in attendance with demonstrations and entertainment. The lighting of the walls of pumpkins set to music, is a really impressive sight. For more information and to register for the Pumpkin Run, please click here.
Come to the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival for a good cause and the memorable sight of the lighting of, hopefully, a world record number of pumpkins! There will be plenty of fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy this weekend.
Where: Highwood, Illinois
When: October 9-11, 2015
Admission: $2.00, or free with carved pumpkin
For information regarding the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, please click here.
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