Highwood festival goes for World Record +30,000 Jack-O-Lanterns

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HIGHWOOD -- There are pumpkin festivals, and then there’s the GREAT Highwood Pumpkin Festival.

Highwood Alderman Eric Falberg is the brainchild behind this extraordinary pumpkin celebration, where this weekend they'll try and break a world record of more than 30,581 pumpkins cut and lit. And he's pretty confident they can do it.

"We wanted to go bold and the world record is around 30,000 Jack-O-Lanterns so we decided to go for it," Ald. Falberg said.

They’ve got a good start; scaffolding makes for an unforgettable display of the pumpkins finished so far, and its functional too when you have so many to show off.

And from pumpkins to pets in costume, you never know what you'll see this weekend. Dressed as Captain America, Highwood Mayor Charlie Pecaro said the weekend also included a superhero themed 5K race.

"We had a young man who passed away about two and a half years ago from cancer, and Make-a-Wish was able to help him and his family, and his nickname around town is ‘Superman Sam.’"

Saturday's festivities started off with the 5k race. All the fun is not only building community, but raising money for Make-A-Wish Illinois the mayor said. They hope to raise $600,000 this weekend – and set that world record too.

"We can’t do this alone, it’s a community event and we need the community in order to make it successful," Falberg said.

This festival is BYOP, so bring your own pumpkin. If you do, you get in for free. The festival continues Sunday with a grand lighting in the evening.