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Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Time: 5 pm
Location: Entertainment Stage on the Festival Grounds
Sponsor:  Wal-Mart Super Center of Morton

Join us for the cutting of a pumpkin vine and children's balloon release that officially open the Morton Pumpkin Festival.  Morton grade schools distribute balloon release cards to their students to complete for the balloon release. Students can bring their card with them to the ceremonies between 4 and 5 pm on September 11th. Cards are also available at the balloon release registration table. Their card will be attached to a helium-filled balloon that they can release during the 5 pm ceremony. The release of hundreds of bright orange balloons is a beautiful, visual spectacle enjoyed by Pumpkin Festival goers every year.

The child whose balloon release card is returned by October 11th from the farthest distance will receive a $25 cash award. The person returning the balloon will receive a $10 cash award. This event is free for all children in grade school!

Please help us thank our sponsor


Official Pumpkin Festival Oath

I “state your name” do solemnly pledge:
To eat lots of Pumpkin Festival food
To ride lots of Pumpkin Festival rides
To put my trash in a trash can
To ask for help when I need it
To help when I am able
and to take pride in my home town,
The Pumpkin Capital of the World!
Morton, Illinois, U S A

On “3” We’ll Cut the Vine and Let the Balloons FLY!
Ready! (Wait for Photographer) 1, 2, 3

Vine Cut and Release of Balloons!