Parade Marshal

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 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

Past Pumpkin Festival Parade Marshals

Bud Zobrist is 2014 Parade Marshal

July 18, 2014 – Morton, IL – Today, the Morton Chamber of Commerce recognized Lloyd “Bud” Zobrist as the official Parade Marshal for the 48th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival.  President of the Chamber Board, Bill Aupperle, presented the award to Bud in the presence of his friends and family.

Lloyd “Bud” Zobrist, 87, was born to Mary and Noah Zobrist in Morton, Illinois in 1927.  The sixth of ten children, Bud grew up going to Jefferson Elementary School and Morton Junior High and High School, the same schools his children and grandchildren would later attend.

After High School, Bud enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in WWII.  Upon returning he received a degree from Bradley University.

Bud, along with his father and brothers, worked hard to create a better Morton through their residential and commercial construction business, N. Zobrist & Sons.  They were instrumental in building many local homes, churches, and community projects including the Country Aire Pool, Lincoln Elementary School, and the Field Shopping Center.

Bud also served as a member of the Morton Zoning Board and then as Village Trustee.  During his service as Trustee, he helped to acquire Interstate exits on I74 and I155 for Morton.  

Bud is a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Morton and the Optimist Club.  He is also a member of Grace Church.  He and his wife Jeanine have five children, 21 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.