Volunteer

Over 2,000 volunteers are needed to host the Morton Pumpkin Festival!  Volunteer groups from local businesses and organizations fill many of our food venue shifts.  Groups also sign up to run festival events, wash dishes, collect garbage, and serve in the many roles needed to have a safe and well-organized festival.

Individuals and families are also encouraged to join the fun by becoming a Morton Pumpkin Festival Volunteer.  In addition to offering an exciting volunteer experience, we offer each Volunteer who helps out at one of our food venues Pumpkin Buck(s) as a token of our thanks.  Pumpkin Bucks can be redeemed at any of our Chamber of Commerce Food Venues including the Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shop, Pumpkin Sweet Shop Express, and the Pumpkin To Go.

Volunteers must be 12 years or older.  Children ages 8-11 may volunteer with an adult supervisor.

Click here to view a list of volunteer opportunities at this year's Morton Pumpkin Festival.  All volunteer registration can be done online.  If you have any questions, contact Deb Eberle at 309-263-2491 or deberle@mortonillinois.org.

 

Cash Register Training

There will be cashier training for those who are signed up to run a cash register at the Pancake Breakfast, Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe, Pumpkin to Go, or Pumpkin Store . The training sessions will last 30 minutes and will be held at Kuhl Insurance, 632 West Jefferson Street, Morton.

Pumpkin Bucks

As our special “thank you” to our volunteers, the Morton Pumpkin Festival provides Pumpkin Bucks that can be used at our food venues including the Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe, and Pumpkin-To-Go.

Pumpkin Bucks are allocated based on the following categories:

Volunteers - Volunteers who help at various events and activities may be given a $2 Pumpkin Buck by their event or venue Chairman.

Shift Volunteers – Volunteers who complete a full food venue or store shift of 3 hours or longer receive a $5 Pumpkin Buck.

Special Volunteers – Volunteers who serve in more difficult roles, including Grillers and Cashiers, and complete a full shift of 3 hours or longer receive $9 in Pumpkin Bucks.

Off Site Chairmen – Chairmen who run events and venues that are not held on the Main Grounds during times when Festival food venues are open receive $9 in Pumpkin Bucks.

On Site Chairmen – Chairmen who run events and venues that are held on the Main Grounds during times when Festival food venues are open receive $9 in Pumpkin Bucks for each meal during which they are volunteering.  Maximum amount is $63 in Pumpkin Bucks.

Lead Chairmen - Chairmen who run events and venues on the Main Festival Grounds and are on the grounds for 40 hours or more during the Pumpkin Festival receive a pass allowing for free food and beverages at the Pumpkin Grille and the Sweet Shoppe for themselves and their immediate family members.

Pumpkin Bucks must be used by their expiration date.  No change is given for unused Pumpkin Bucks.