Attention Redheads! Highwood invites you to participate in annual event

by Tina Johansson

It’s not happening until June, but Highwood is gearing up now for it’s second annual Redhead Days festival. Those blessed with red or ginger hair are being sought to help make the event even bigger and better than last year.

It is hoped that the Redhead Days Chicago Affiliate June 4 & 5 will bring a record amount of people for an aerial photograph above Everts Park. In 2015 more than 2,500 redheads from around the country gathered.

This is the first United States affiliate, started by ginger-haired Jim Stoecker, the owner of Alex’s Washington Gardens Italian restaurant in Highwood. The world renowned Redhead Days festival originated in Breda, Holland, and while biking there several years ago, Stoecker happened to stumble upon the event purely by accident.

“We had no idea how huge of a success our first annual Redhead Days Chicago Affiliate would be,” said Stoecker. “People have been reaching out all year long wanting to know if we were going to do it again and I’m so pleased to say we are.”

This year the festival grounds, at 130 Highwood Avenue, will be expanded to accommodate expected crowds. Activities galore are planned including the popular Carrot Cake Throwdown. The line up also includes a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, food vendors and more. The event is sponsored by Alex’s Washington Gardens in Highwood, and Redhead Piano Bar.

Highwood is no doubt proud to have started the global community gathering in America. Bart Rouwenhorst, the creator of the first Redhead Days in Breda, Holland, had always anticipated it would become a world event, according to sources.

Admission is free, and redheads are asked to register on-site to be a part of the count for most redheads gathered in one place. To stay up to date with the latest news on Redhead Days in Highwood, please LIKE or view Redhead Days official website at

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