HIGHWOOD, IL — Not even pumpkin patches are escaping the coronavirus in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic means some of the Chicago area's pumpkin patches have had to adjust hours, regulations and activities as they head into fall. But pumpkin picking — and other fall fun like apple orchards — can still happen with safety measures and social distancing in place.
The pandemic has led to the cancellation of the 2020 Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, which was to be the 11th annual pumpkin fest. In a social media post, organizers said the event is due to return in 2021 "bigger and better than ever," and encouraged the public to share images of their favorite carved pumpkins and donate to the events charity beneficiary, Make-A-Wish Illinois.