• Big Timber Pumpkin Fest Celebrates October with SIX Different Events

    Big Timber Pumpkin Fest Celebrates October with SIX Different Events, Beginning This Weekend
    ELGIN, IL (September 30, 2020) – Make no bones about it, Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America has created a surefire way to make October 2020 stand out as one of the best. Throughout the entire month, Camp Big Timber at 37W955 Big Timber Road, Elgin, Illinois, will be transformed into the Big Timber Pumpkin Fest.  Casting a web of memorable events, there’s something for everyone – from children to the young at heart. Proceeds will be used to fund the programs Three Fires Council, BSA offers to its male and female youth members.
    “We’ve found a way to bring families, couples, and friends together with something that interests everyone, while being outside and maintaining health and safety,” said David George, an organizer of the Big Timber Pumpkin Fest and member of the Three Fires Council Board of Directors.
    Clint Scharff, Three Fires Council Scouting Executive added, “Our mission is twofold. We want to provide programs that engage people – both our members and members of the community – in fun, social, and safe experiences. This month-long festival certainly will provide memorable occasions for all. This is also a Council FUNdraiser, which will enable us to offer additional resources to the boys and girls in our program and provide more opportunities to build their characters and leadership skills.”
    The Big Timber Pumpkin fest will host six different, yet deliciously exciting events:
    • Barrel & Bones
    • Sip & Carve
    • Family Fall Fest
    • Terror In The Timbers
    • Brew Fest
    • Trick Or Treat

    Responsibly celebrating the harvest season, health and safety measures are paramount. Guests will be asked to social distance and wear masks, while a limited number of tickets will be sold for each event.
    Barrel & Bones – October 9 & 10
    Reserved for guests 21 years and older, this event provides the ambiance of perfect fall evening, coupled with Jazz music, bourbon tasting, and sampling of delicious foods. Tickets start at $75 and are limited to 50 each evening.
    Sip & Carve – October 16 & 17
    Billed as the perfect date night or girls’ night out, this event also caters to guests 21 years and older. A professional pumpkin artist will provide the lesson; participants provide their own talents carving a masterpiece while sipping wine. A set of tools is included in the price of admission, which is $60 / individual or $100 / couple. Tickets are limited to 50 each night.
    Fall Family Fest – October 17 & 24
    Appealing to all ages – young and young at heart – this carnival-style adventure provides a fun-filled day of painting pumpkins, building scarecrows, and meeting animals in a petting zoo. Multiples sessions are available each day, and tickets are limited to 50 each session. Tickets start at $10 / person; children under 4 are free.
    Terror In The Timbers – Weekends in October, Beginning October 2
    In collaboration with BMC Productions, this full production, drive-thru, no-contact haunting experience will leave thrill seekers terrified. Three Fires Council has transformed Camp Big Timber into the most horrifying entertainment experience available in the Chicagoland area. The storyline is based on the true story of Dr. H.H. Holmes, a prolific serial killer who preyed on women who came to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893… BMC added on to the story, indicating that H.H Holmes buried his victims at Camp Big Timber – and now he’s back to reclaim the remains.  Tickets start at $65 / vehicle (4 passengers).  Recommended for children 10 and over; a “horror lite” version of the haunt is available upon request.
    Brew Fest – October 24
    Guests 21 and older may enjoy the colorful leaves and fall beauty of Camp Big Timber as they relax in an assigned 10-person Bier Garden, either at the afternoon or evening session. Between the music and the beer from several breweries, guests will enjoy a rockin’ good time. Food truck options are also available to purchase eats from favorite restaurants. Tickets start at $40 and may be purchased individually or as an entire Bier Garden.
    Trick Or Treat – October 23, 25, 30, & 31  
    Trick or Treating in 2020 involves social distancing, health safety, and drive thru service. Guests of all ages will drive through Camp Big Timber during daylight hours to get behind-the-scenes views of the scary Terror in the Timbers and meet the cast and crew. Everyone in the car will receive special treats in this family-friendly event.  Tickets are $20 / vehicle.
    While Covid-19 has changed the plans of many, Three Fires Council hopes to bring normalcy – as much as possible – back to the community through this month-long festival. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.bigtimberpumpkinfest.org.  Camp Big Timber, 37W955 Big Timber Road, Elgin, Illinois.
    For further information, please contact Katie Clark, Director of Support Services, Three Fires Council, BSA. (630) 584-9250 or Katie.Clark@Scouting.org
    Websites:                                www.bigtimberpumpkinfest.org