Each year, the Morton Chamber of Commerce selects an individual to honor as our Pumpkin Festival Parade Marshal. Morton citizens are encouraged to nominate individuals for this honor in the based on the following criteria:
- Resident of Morton, either now or in the past
- Been of service to the community or otherwise brought distinguished credit to Morton
- Need not necessarily be a business person or a Chamber member
- Committee may select an Honorary Parade Marshal when appropriate
Nominations for our 2019 Pumpkin Festival Parade Marshal are closed for this year.
2019 Parade Marshal
Our 2019 Parade Marshal is Susan Pyles!
In 1987 Susan and her husband Don, opened MasterPeace Photograhy & Video in Morton. After getting some good advice from a friend who already owned a business, they joined the Morton Chamber of Commerce and then it got interesting. Susan became involved in the chamber as an Ambassador, board member and community volunteer. She served in various capacities for the Pumpkin Festival and in 2000 became the first paid Event Coordinator for the Morton Chamber of Commerce.
Organizing golf outings, annual dinners, car shows, Punkin Chuckin contest and other fun events was great, but organizing the Pumpkin Festival was the most fun of all. It was like throwing a party for the whole town. And everyone for miles around was invited. Every year volunteers would approach the chamber with new ideas for excited products or new events. Most of the time these same volunteers would offer to organize the new idea and make it happen.
In 2007 Susan moved her skills to the Village of Morton as the first Director of Tourism. Developing community assets such as the flower, military signs and banner program, community website and social media pages, restaurant guides and maps to be distributed to visitors, and purchasing and hanging Christmas decorations were a few of the accomplishments.
“I am honored to be chosen as the 2019 Parade Marshall, but I did not do the things I did by myself. I had a loyal band of 10 to 12 crazy friends that were and still are willing to help with community betterment”.
Volunteers have always been key to getting things done in our Village and the tasks Susan oversaw were no exception. Hundreds of people have stepped up to help with all the projects being done to improve or beautify our Village. It has been such a blessing to meet and work with the wonderful selfless individuals that helped make these projects possible.
In 2018 Susan left the Village of Morton and is now employed at Home Instead Senior Care.
” I am so looking forward to being in the parade and seeing all our great citizens along the way. It will be a memorable day.”