Most lit jack-o-lanterns displayed: Highwood sets world record (Video)
HIGHWOOD, IL, USA -- Highwood officials announced that the official tally of carved and lighted pumpkins displayed downtown during the city's annual Pumpkin Fest was 30,919 - which sets the new world record for the Most lit jack-o-lanterns displayed in one location, according to World Record Academy (www.worldrecordacademy.com).
The Guinness world record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns displayed in one location is 30,128 at an event organized by Camp Sunshine at the Life is Good Pumpkin Festival in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest line of pies, which measured 161.75 m (530 ft 8 in) and was achieved by Randall D. Fox (USA) as part of the Chastain Park Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
It was Highwood's second attempt at the world record.
Last year the city carved and lit more than 26,000 pumpkins during the at its annual Pumpkin Fest.
This year, the city vowed to light and carve more than 32,000 pumpkins in order to smash Boston's record.
There were scary pumpkins, funny pumpkins, even message pumpkins and each one was placed on tall scaffolding that lined 4 of the town's 5 downtown blocks.
Some 30,000 people from across the U.S. Midwest appeared at the Pumpkin Festival, which featured many booths selling treats made from vegetable,from traditional pumpkin pies to pumpkin mashed potatoes.
"With thousands and thousands of pumpkins, one might wonder what happens to them once the fesitval is over. Organizers say they'll be loaded up and driven to Northern Illinois where they will be fed to cows and pigs, " reports Fox Chicago News.
"Farmers tell them the animals love to eat them. In fact, to them it's like candy...Halloween candy."