HGTV to Air Show About Highwood's Pumpkin Fest

Did you see Highwood's third attempt to light 32,000 jack-o-lanterns? Then catch HGTV's 'Pumpkin Wars' on Halloween to see what you missed.

Highwood's third annual pumpkin festival sought to break three world records, including lighting 32,000 jack-o-lanterns at once. 

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Whether or not that record was broken remains unknown, but one thing is certain: the festival was big enough to get itself documented on HGTV.

Home & Garden Television will air "Pumpkin Wars" on Halloween at 8 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. The program will focus on Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott as they travel to Highwood and Keene, N.H. to watch these two cities compete for most carved and displayed jack-o-lanterns.

"It’s such a massive, massive thing for what is truly a small community," the show's producer Danny Downing told the Highland Park News. "I think from what I’m seeing, they don’t like to do anything small here."

Check out the show next week. And, if you attended or helped out at this year's Pumpkin Fest, leave a comment and upload a photo.

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william brown October 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
The little town that could Strike that The little town that DOES!
sibuna October 29, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Highwood is quite the dining and drinking destination on the North Shore. Even their weekly summer Farmers Markets are jammed packed drawing people from all over the Chicagoland area. It's like a huge festival complete with live bands on a weekly basis. They even cater to the military bases and host Highwood Home for the Holidays where they invite about 500 Navy personnel to help decorate the lawn in front of City Hall with lights and then treat them to dinner and even the opportunity to play on the bocce courts! The Silver Dollar is the Navy's choice on Fridays as the Sailors can safely step on and off the train directly in front of the establishment and enjoy discounts and camaraderie. The Dollar has quickly become THE Navy bar in Highwood.
Barbara Ugolini Cizek October 30, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Check out the video time lapse of the Highwood Pumpkinfest...from set up to party time! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL64guEWTgw&sns=em
Linda Iovino November 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Linda Iovino 7:26 am on Friday, October 26, 2012 I must say we had a terrific time at Highwood's Pumpkin Festival. Being the 3rd year we finally went and we had a great time. Saturday, October 20th was a beautiful evening and the people were enjoying carving pumpkins and also Highwood was booming with restaurants filled to their max. It was great to see. Just like the good old days of Highwood. Our cousins carved pumpkins and we had a great time dining at Buffo's Restaurant. Hats off to all that were involved.
Linda Iovino November 02, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Linda Iovino 9:35 am on Thursday, November 1, 2012 Highwood loses 'Pumpkin Wars' to Keene, NH ABC News - Updated at 08:31 AM today November 1, 2012 (KEENE, NH) -- The city of Keene, N.H., may have not set a world record with this year's Pumpkin Festival - but it did beat a rival city in the competition for most jack-o'-lanterns. Keene won the "Pumpkin Wars" over Highwood, Ill. The results were revealed Wednesday night in a show broadcast on cable's HGTV. Keene carved and lighted 29,381 jack-o'-lanterns. Highwood came up short, at 22,333. Highwood set a world record at 30,919 jack-o'-lanterns last year. The win brings an extra boost to Keene schools. Discover offered donations to its schools based the number of pumpkins carved. Keene will get at least $10,000.


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