Small Chicago Suburb Goes For Big Record

October 15, 2011

A pumpkin festival in a North Shore suburb could end up in the record books.

The city of Highwood will attempt to break a world record when it carves and illuminates 32,000 pumpkins this week.

Last year, Highwood tried to break the Guinness World Record for most jack-o’-lanterns lit in one location but came up 3,841 short with 26,287.

The current title was achieved in Boston in 2006 with 30,128 lit pumpkins.

This year, the city enlisted 32 North Shore schools for help with a School Pumpkin Carving Contest.

From October 17-21, each school will get a $1 donation every pumpkin its students carve.

In addition, the schools that contribute the most pumpkins to the cause will win $10,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third.

The winners will be announced Oct. 22.

The carving competition will take place at City Hall Park, 17 Highwood Ave., where the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival will also take place from Oct. 19-22. The fest will include more than 40 vendors, live music, hay rides and more.

Then, the big event: At 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, the pumpkins will be ceremoniously lit for the world record.

Rumor has it that this small town of 5,000 will have competition: Residents of Keene, New Hampshire are going for the record on Oct. 22 as well.

For more information on all the week’s activities, visit highwoodpumpkinfest.com.

Go Highwood!

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