Highwood wanted to break a record for the most Jack O’Lanterns illuminated simultaneously during its fourth annual Great Pumpkin Festival Thursday through Sunday.
The City also wanted people to come to town and have a lot of fun.
With 28,036 pumpkins lit at once Saturday night, Highwood came close but needed to go over 30,128.
What there was no shortage of was fun. Thousands of people carved pumpkins over the four days of the event and a lot more. There was music and plenty of food along with rides for children.
Some of the fun had a serious side. Chicago Bears’ center Roberto Garza had his head shaved by Rabbi Michael Sommer of Highwood Thursday to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s effort to combat pediatric cancer in honor of Sommer’s son, Sam. Sam, 7, has been battling leukemia for over a year and is in remission.