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Highwood, Ill. takes aim at Boston's pumpkin record

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  October 19, 2010 08:29 AM

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If Highwood, Ill. has its way, Boston may soon lose a Guinness World Record.

Residents there are hoping to break the Hub's mark this month for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place at the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, which begins tomorrow. In 2006, 30,128 of them were lit on Boston Common (above), breaking the previous mark held by Keene, N.H - 28,952.

"We are going to break the world record this year by working with pumpkin farmers from all over the Midwest from Wisconsin to downstate Illinois, and have pumpkin carving at every school, religious organization, community organization and the local military bases," Alderman Eric Falberg said in a press release. Well, as long as they're using their town resources effectively.

In an attempt to take the record back last year, Keene came up just 366 pumpkins short at its annual Pumpkin Festival. This year, the festival managed 22,949 lit pumpkins. Clearly, Highwood residents have their work cut out for them if they intend to take the claim away from Boston.

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