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Highwoods Fourth Annual Pumpkin Fest
Highwoods Fourth Annual Pumpkin Fest
Highwood, Illinois, USA
Mid October
HIGHWOOD, IL (OCTOBER 17-20, 2013) - It’s that time of year again – the Highwood Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 4th annual Great Pumpkin Festival October 17-19! With the goal of bringing communities together, the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival was created in 2009, and has grown exponentially each year thereafter. Highwood is thrilled to host TWO Guinness World Record attempts on-site this year. MOST PEOPLE CARVING SIMULTANEOUSLY on Thursday, October 17th at 7pm MOST LIT JACK-O’-LANTERNS ON DISPLAY (First Attempt) Friday, October 18th at 8:30pm MOST LIT JACK-O’-LANTERNS ON DISPLAY Saturday, October 19th at 7:30pm RAIN DATE FOR MOST LIT JACK-O’-LANTERNS ON DISPLAY, Sunday October 20th Come to Highwood to be a part of record-breaking history in 2013! In addition to breaking records, Highwoods massive three-day festival is full of family-friendly events every day including pumpkin carving, massive pumpkin displays, grand lighting ceremonies, hay rides, the light up the night parade, a pet costume contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, and 5K Pumpkin Run, Walk and Kids’ Dash and head shaving event to benefit St. Baldricks Foundation, an organization created to raise awareness and funding of childhood cancers. The festival will culminate with the 5K/Kids’ Dash on October 20th at 9am, also benefitting the Foundation. Pumpkin Fest grounds will be full of seasonal food vendors galore, live music, pony rides, petting zoo, and much more! The perfect fall event, Pumpkin Fest will attract people from across the country to celebrate the season! Culminating on Sunday, October 20th at 9am, the 5K Pumpkin Run, Walk and Kids Dash will bring some 1,000 participants to town in an effort to raise awareness and support for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Participants will run and walk from Waukegan Avenue and Walker, in front of The Bent Fork Bakery, while passing by more than 30,000 carved pumpkins to celebrate the season and to raise money and awareness for a great cause. Costumes are welcome! Beginning October 5th, the cost of the race will increase from $35 to $45 for Run/Walk and from $10 to $15 for the Kids’ Dash. Online run registration will close Saturday, October 17th. Sign up here: http://highwoodpumpkinrun.racebx.com/ The rest of Sunday, October 20th will be reserved as a rain date. The full schedule of events and activities is as follows: Thursday, Oct. 17th, 4-10pm - 4-10pm – Gourmet market with seasonal artisan food and drinks with pumpkin flare, live music, pony rides, petting zoo, hay rides, pumpkin carving, children’s activities, and so much more! 7pm – Guinness World Records attempt for the Most People Carving at Once benefiting Superman Sam, a local boy battling leukemia and St. Baldricks Foundation, in the Nite N’ Gale parking lot, 346 Sheridan Road. Over 1,000 carvers are needed to carve a 24-pound pumpkin for five minutes, simultaneously, and encouraged to show up in superhero capes in support of
Downtown Highwood
Thursday and Friday: 4-10pm. Saturday: 10am-10pm
Admission & Parking
Free, $2 suggested donation

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