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Pumpkin Fest Goers Seek World Records

Third annual Highwood Pumpkin Festival hopes to set two world records this weekend and do some fundraising to fight childhood cancer.

Highwood is getting for its third annual record setting pumpkin festival.
Highwood is getting for its third annual record setting pumpkin festival.

Highwood Pumpkin Festival Seeks Records, Fights Cancer

Highwood’s annual Pumpkin Festival has been about setting Guinness World Records since the idea was born in local heads and this year’s festivities from 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in downtown Highwood are no different.

Festival organizers hope to set records for most people carving pumpkins at one time at 7 p .m. Thursday and for the most Jack O’Lanterns on display at once the next two days. The first attempt will be at 8:30 p.m. Friday. If the carvers fall short, they will try again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Should rain interfere, there will be a third effort Sunday.

But the weekend is about a lot more than pumpkins. There will be plenty of fun family activities and fundraising for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a local organization raising awareness for childhood cancers. Roberto Garza of the Chicago Bears will have his head shaved to benefit St. Baldrick’s and there will be a 5K race at 9 a.m. Sunday.

In addition to the pumpkin carving and fundraising, there will be music, food and other family oriented events.

Highland Park High School Football Team Seeks Record Too

A record will also be on the line when the Highland Park High School football team travels to Niles North at 7 p.m. Friday. A victory will tie the 6-1 Giants with the 1964 team which is currently the winningest in school history.

Movies and the City

There are also plenty of movie around as well as some exciting events in Chicago.

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