The 2016 Great Pumpkin Pin Search

Sponsor: Clearpath IT Solutions
Prize:  $300 for the Golden Pin 
           $10 in Pumpkin Bucks for the Festival Logo Pins 

Clues Released:  August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9

The kickoff to the Morton Pumpkin Festival is the Great Pumpkin Pin Search. This treasure hunt for the official Festival Pin marks the countdown to the Opening Ceremony. This long-standing tradition that generations of Mortonites look forward to each year reminds everyone that the Festival is just around the corner.



Clues will be released on the following Fridays at 5:00 pm:  August 19, August 26, September 2, and September 9. The clues will be posted here on our website, on our Facebook page, and on the door of the Morton Chamber of Commerce office.

This year, in celebration of the Morton Pumpkin Festival's 50th Anniversary, 50 pins will be hidden: 49 festival logo pins and one Golden Pin!  Each searcher who finds a festival logo pin wins $10 in Pumpkin Bucks and will be photographed for the Pumpkin Festival Facebook Page!  The searcher who finds the Golden Pin will win $300 in Chamber Checks, be photographed for the Pumpkin Festival Facebook Page, and will be introduced on the Gold's Gym Entertainment Stage!

The pins will be hidden in non-dangerous locations on public rather than private property.  The pins could be anywhere, indoors or outdoors, in the vicinity of Morton.  Individuals of all ages are encouraged to seek the pins.  

Once the Golden Pin is found, an announcement will be posted at the Chamber office, on the website, and on Facebook.  Until then, contestants are encouraged to maintain their searches vigorously and not be swayed by others who claim he or she or someone else has already found the Golden Pin. Anyone who finds a pin must bring it to the Chamber office to claim the prize and congratulations for a job well done. 

 

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Clue #2 2016

THIS WEEKS CLUES WILL BE MORE MERCIFUL
PUMPKIN GROWER GANYARD DOES NOT USE A BULL

VADER’S VOICE CARRIED WAY PAST HIS DEATH
DON’T EVER STOP RUNNING TO CATCH YOUR BREATH

A MISPELLED STREET NAME COULD TELL YOU THE WRONG PLACE
ONE WITH NO NAME COULD PUT A FROWN ON YOUR FACE

THE NEW CASEY’S WAS BORN JUST IN TIME FOR ROAD WORK
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW AT WHICH SCHOOL OR PARK THE PIN’LL LURK

BUYING PUMPKINS FROM A CASHIER, YOU MAY SOMETIMES WAIT
CAESAR AND HUMANS FOUGHT ON THE GOLDEN GATE

SOME OF OUR CLUES MIGHT CAUSE YOU MUCH PAIN
LOOK DOWN ON MORTON FROM A CROP-DUSTING PLANE

AT FORT KNOX THEY HAVE MANY HIDDEN GOLD BARS
CLYDESDALES WILL AGAIN BE KIDDIE PARADE STARS

MORTON EXPERTS DO INQUIRE DAWN TO DUSK ONLY
PIN SEARCHERS, JOIN FORCES! YOU WILL NOT BE LONELY

FORD LOST ALL HIS GOLD IN SIERRA MADRE
MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS PUMPKIN PANCAKE DAY

GOLD IS 79 (AU) ON THE PERIODIC TABLE
GOLDEN AGE MOVIE BOSSES WERE BOGEY AND GABLE

BETWEEN EDWARD JONES AND PIZZA RANCH COULD IT LIE?
THE PRIZE PUMPKIN’S GOLD NOT ORANGE LIKE IN PIE

FIFTY IS HALF WAY FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED
YOU’LL BE FORTUNATE ON STAGE IF YOUR NAME IS READ

Clue #1 2016

OUR PUMPKIN FESTIVAL THIS YEAR IS FIFTY YEARS OLD   

PIN SEARCHERS NEED MORE SMARTS THAN FOR A TOMATO OR MARIGOLD

THE COLONEL’S FAVORITE IS COOKED GOLDEN BROWN 

EXTRA ANNIVERSARY PINS WILL DOT MORTON ALL OVER TOWN

WITH SO MANY EXTRA PINS, JUST GRAB TWO; DO NOT HOARD    

EVERY MORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL CLASS HAS A BLACKBOARD

FOR MOST OF YOUR TRIP A HALF DOLLAR WILL DO

STAY OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE PIN YOU MIGHT WOO 

YEARS AGO YOU WERE TO FIND THE UNOPENED LANE

A FEW LATER IT WAS ON TO THE PLACE THEY TREAT RAIN

ANOTHER YEAR YOU WERE TOLD TO GO STRAIGHT FOR THE RILL 

FOLLOWED BY BIKING OUT WEST UP A HILL  

REMEMBER LAST YEAR’S SPOT UNDER RED WHITE AND BLUE

AND THE ONE BEFORE THAT AT A PARK NAMED HORSESHOE  

YOU COULD ALWAYS SEE ONE OF THESE WHEN YOU LOOK 

EXCEPT WHEN THE PIN WAS BEHIND A GEOGRAPHY BOOK   

MAINLY YOU’LL START WITH ARTISTS TO FIND THE PLUM

OLD SEASONING SUGGESTION: HOPE A BUM’S NOT GLUM 

FOR JEFF’S WAY OVER 50, A NEW PLACE TO CALL HOME     

MISUNDERSTANDING OF CLUES WILL FORCE YOU TO ROAM

DO REFRAIN FROM DIGGING UNTIL YOU ARE RED

OR MAYBE SEARCH A TENT AREA WHERE YOU’LL BE FED 

YOUR SEARCH WILL TERMINATE DURING PUMPKIN CANNING TIME

MORE HELPFUL CLUES NEXT WEEK, BUT STILL IN RHYME

 

Teaser Clue 2016

ALL THAT GLITTERS WILL NOT BE GOLD,

BUT THE PUMPKIN PIN SURELY CAN BE FOUND,

IF YOU READ THE CLUES AND DO AS YOU’RE TOLD,

ONLY LOOKING ON PUBLICLY OWNED GROUND.

THERE ARE MANY AREAS OF MORTON AROUND

THAT ALLOW FOR A DEEP THOROUGH SEARCH.

SCHOOLS AND PARKS IN MORTON ABOUND,

MANY VIEWABLE FROM A DISTANT PERCH.

FEET RUN OUT EAST, NOT THRASHING WITH BIRCH,

FINDING THAT GOLDEN PUMPKIN PIN.

CLUES WON’T EASE NOR LEAVE IN A LURCH;

THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS YOU COULD POSSIBLY WIN.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND ALL WHO SEEK,

THE CLUES WILL BEGIN AND COME EACH WEEK!