Highwood began its year-long celebration of its 125h anniversary last Saturday with its Sky Lantern Festival.
The festival was scheduled to include live music, barbecue, speeches from servicemen and women and the launch of hundreds of decorated, biodegradable lanterns. Though wind prevented all but a few lanterns from ascending into the evening air, those in attendance were still happy to be there.
"It was a very creative way to start celebrating Highwood's founding 125 years ago," said Highland Park resident Miles Zaremski, who estimated that about 300 people attended the event.
"We put out 30,000 slabs of ribs last year," Shapiro said of his restaurant's first year in business. "So I think they knew we knew what we were talking about."
Shapiro added that the participants in the cook off had a "good, strong showing."
"We had a good time," he said.
The Sky Lantern Festival joins a growing list of events the city of Highwood puts on annually, including last Halloween's Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest, the upcoming gourmet Farmer's Market (June 20), Bloody Mary Fest (June 24) and Garlic Fest.
"I envision this could be another event properly timed to put Highwood on the map as well," Zaremski said.