Pumpkins of the West

2014 Morton Pumpkin Festival

In Events, News by Bob Hohimer0 Comments

It’s that time of year again!

Every year, during the second week of September, downtown Morton comes alive with the greatness that is known as the Pumpkin Festival. There is a carnival, games, great food (usually pumpkin themed), and many other events and activities for people to enjoy. This year’s theme is "Pumpkins of the West". You will notice an old west theme running throughout the festivities. Scheduled events run from Saturday, September 6th all the way up through Sunday, September 14th. For a complete listing of events see the official schedule.

US Laser Scanning is proud to offer the use of our parking lot, located at the Northwest corner of Washington Street and First Avenue, to contribute to the festivites. You will typically find the bumper cars and other carnival rides located here!

Stop by during the Pumpkin Festival to visit US Laser Scanning!

Pumpkin Festival History

In 1967, the first Morton Pumpkin Festival was organized by the Morton Chamber of Commerce as an annual fund raiser and celebration of the beginning of the pumpkin harvest and canning season at the local Libby’s Pumpkin Plant.

In 1978 the Governor of Illinois signed a proclamation that Morton, Illinois was the “Pumpkin Capital of the World”since 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin was processed at their Libby’s Pumpkin plant.

Today, the Morton Pumpkin Festival includes over 30 special events and venues hosted and organized by over 2,000 volunteers. The festival welcomes an estimated 70,000 visitors. Each year, a theme for the festival is selected through a voting process by community members and the Morton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The festival is governed by the Morton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a Pumpkin Festival Oversight Committee that includes both Chamber Board Members, Community Leaders, and Festival Chairmen.

The 30 plus events and venues that occur during the festival are organized by Chamber Members and community volunteers. Each activity has one or several volunteer Chairmen along with volunteer team members.

In 2012, Libby’s Pumpkin became the official sponsor for the Morton Pumpkin Festival!

The excitement will be going on through the weekend, so come on down and ride a ride or enjoy some of the pumpkin food items that are available. We hope to see you there!

For more information, visit the Pumpkin Festival Website

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