Back in 1956, Wally Thurow, who is known as Sycamore's "Mr. Pumpkin," began what was to become the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival when he displayed a few decorated pumpkins on his front lawn in an effort to turn Halloween into a time of fun and creativity. In 1962, through the efforts of Mr. Pumpkin" and the Sycamore Lions Club, the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival became an official celebration in Sycamore.
Every year, the Pumpkin Festival unites DeKalb County non-profit groups working to provide a weekend of Halloween fun for all.
The Courthouse lawn is the center of activities, including thousands of decorated pumpkins on display, there are also art and craft shows, a house walk, a pie eating contest, a carnival, a barn- yard zoo, a fun fair and other events all of which are concluded by the giant parade on Sunday afternoon.
Throughout the Festival, good autumn food, snacks, and souvenirs are available at stands operated by various not-for profit DeKalb County organizations. The many activities ensure fun for all from age one to one-hundred.