Exponent CMS

Sponsored By

‚Äč 

The 2013 Great Pumpkin Pin Search

Sponsor: Clearpath IT Solutions
Prize:  $300
Clues Released:  August 16, August 23, August 30, September 6

The kick-off to the Morton Pumpkin Festival is The 2013 Great Pumpkin Pin Search, a treasure hunt for the official festival pin that begins 4 weeks prior to the festival. This time-honored tradition has a huge following and generates a great deal of excitement from Mortonites each year. 

Clues will be released on the following Fridays at 5:00 pm:  August 16, August 23, August 30, and September 6. The clues will be posted here on our website, on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mortonpumpkinfestival, and on the door of the Morton Chamber of Commerce office. The clues will also be posted in the Morton Times News during the following week.

The person who finds the pin wins $300 and an invitation to participate in the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Morton Pumpkin Festival.

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

Once the pin is found, a note 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 pin. The person who finds the pin must bring it to the Chamber office to claim the prize and congratulations for a job well done. 

Please help us thank our sponsor

 

The 2013 Pin Has Been Found!

The 2013 Pumpkin Pin was found by Mike Getz and his son Ben
It was found at the Public Works Garage at 450 Detroit Street.
The garage is located North of the Water Treatment plant.
The pin was at attached to the center evergreen tree that is located on the southwest corner on the front of the building.

Our congratulations to Mike and Ben!

Annotated Clues for 2013

COME ON YA’LL, THE PUMPKIN PIN QUEST IS STARTIN’
AROUND MORTON’S PUBLIC LAND, THE CLUES YOU’LL BE CHARTIN’
READ ALL OF THEM CAREFULLY AND MULTIPLE TIMES
NOTE THE FIRST TIPS THIS YEAR HAVE DIFFERENT RHYMES (tie to Shakespeare sonnet)
INVESTIGATE WELL BOTH INSIDE AND OUT (first clue to Police Station “investigate”)
VERIFY ALL, SO YOU HAVE NO DOUBT (more police, verify/reasonable doubt)
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS YEAR’S SEARCH? (Red for Red Rock close by; more police “search”)
LOOK AT OUR MARDI GRAS FROM YOUR FAVORITE PERCH (first water tower clue “perch”)
EASY, DON’T LET EACH LINE LEAVE YOU IN A LURCH (Easy Street in area of pin; two foul lines on close-by baseball field)


MORTON’S PUMPKIN PIN CONTEST STARTS ANEW
ONCE AGAIN, PRIVATE LAND IS NOT FAIR GAME (Baseball field)
WEEK-BY-WEEK WE WILL OFFER A NEW CLUE
IF IT TAKES ALL FOUR WEEKS, WHO IS TO BLAME?
ANDREW JACKSON WON HIS BATTLE WITH HELP (Battle of New Orleans fought on water)
INDIANS AND PIRATES KEPT BRITS AT BAY (water “bay” and two baseball team names)
PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE PARK WHERE THE DOGS YELP
LENT STARTS AFTER THE END OF FAT TUESDAY (water tower top is fat compared to bottom)
HURRICANES BLOW IN LATE SUMMER OR FALL (water)
BEIGNETS AND PUMPKIN COFFEE PAIR QUITE WELL (well = water; But New Orleans coffee drinkers like café au lait with milk – Craig Loudermilk head of Morton Public Works)
SEIZE THE PARADE THROWER’S ORANGE BEADS, YA’LL (police “seize”)
GO RELAY RACE PAST A NON-RINGING BELL (runners are fleet, Farm and Fleet general area of pin location)
THE CARNIVALE IS STEEPED IN HISTORY (steeped in water)
CRACK EACH PUZZLE AND SOLVE THE MYSTERY (Puzzle= Riddle, name of business on Detroit very close to pin location)
(Overall the first clue format is a Shakespeare sonnet; Birch Street is close to where the New Orleans Shakespeare festival is held ; pin in tree; shake a branch; spears made of wood)

 

MAN, A NEW WEEK, EXAMINE THOSE WHO FLEW (New Orleans law firm named Newman has Mathis as a partner; Mathis Street close to location; ducks and geese in pond by Public Works building)
MILLING ROUND CRUISE SHIPS WON’T CREDIT YOUR CREW (Close-by Morton street named Columbus- internet says Columbus school  in New Orleans is an unaccredited diploma “mill”)
IT’S BEEN TEN YEARS SINCE AN ERRANT FUNNEL  (tornado hit apartment complex on west side of Morton)
THIS YEAR WE HONKED GOODBYE TO JEFF’S TWO TUNNELS (tunnels  on same side of town, general area of pin)
ARNOLD AND BRUCE THOUGHT CLINT WAS EXPENDABLE (Eastwood but Birchwood Park is west, like in California where Arnold was governor and Willis acts)
OMITTING SCHOOL LAND MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT BE PREFERABLE
HE AND HIS BROTHER CAN SURE FLING A BALL (Manning is President of New Orleans Water Board)
HEAD OUT WITH A RIGHT MOOD AND STAND TALL (and Water Board members are Head, Moody and Wright; tower is tall)
WATER FROM KATRINA WAS TWENTY FEET HIGH (tower again)
HOW LONG WILL THE LINE BE FOR PUMPKIN PIE?
WEIGHING IN WITH A PREVIOUS CLUE WHERE THEY WERE INMATES (Last year’s clue to Sean Connery and inmates are “Con”; add “way” from Weigh)
HAVE A PUMPKIN PARADE BUFFET BETWEEN THESE TWO STATES (Add Loretta Lynn from Lin’s Buffet to Twitty; their song Louisiana woman/Mississippi man; Michigan  between them in alphabet; Detroit (as in road) in Michigan)
DON’T DIE, DRIVE DOWN DEEPLY THEIR STREET OF SANKOTY (Morton aquifer is Sankoty; deepest aquifer in New Orleans is in Jefferson Parish)  
ON IT, NEW ORLEANS IS SITUATED ALMOST WHOLLY (Take Jefferson and then left on Detroit; New Orleans situated almost wholly on left bank of Mississippi River)
MAKE A SPORTSMANLIKE GESTURE WHILE YOU GET YOUR HAIR CUT (Soccer Forum near pin; New Orleans soccer team named “Jesters”; owned by Sampson, most famous biblical haircutting; barbershop on Detroit)
THE BIG EASY NEVER LEAVES YOU IN A RUT (Easy Street again; farm land across street from police station; ruts from farm equipment if water made fields wet)
THE MORTON EXIT HAS BEEN SUCH A MESS
A DIFFERENT PATH MAY MAKE SEARCHIN’ LESS (stay south of I-74)
STILL SCRATCHING YOUR HEAD? DON’T LET IT CAUSE YOU THE BLUES (Itching skin tie to Soderstrom clinic on Detroit; “blues” another police clue)
KEY TO FINDING THE PIN IS IN THE NEXT SET OF CLUES (Car keys from Sam Leman’s, Chris Clark and Mike Murphy Annex all on Detroit)


THIS THIRD SET OF CLUES SHOULD INCREASE YOUR WISDOM
THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES MIGHT BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM (Maxine Street close by)
NEW ORLEANS HAS THE SUPER DOME AND BOURBON STREET
PUMPKIN JAMBALAYA IS THIS YEAR’S NEWEST TREAT (Newest treat  place SHIVERS, on that side of town and cone from pine trees)
BAND TOGETHER, BE ALIVE NOT DEAD (Song by band “Roctam” which is MATCOR, which is closest business on Detroit, spelled backwards)
SEARCH 2160 TIMES, FAST, SO YOU GET OUT OF THE LEAD (figure on this summer’s Water Department mailer to all Mortonites dealing with lead and chemical compositions of our water; fleet again)
LAST YEAR’S SIXTIES CLUE WAS NOT “GIVE ME SOME SKIN” (Soderstrom clinic again for skin)
EACH YEAR SOMEONE IS A SURE LOCK TO UNCOVER THE PIN (Sherlock connection to police)
PRAY YOU’LL MAKE YOUR CONNECTION IN A STRAIGHT LINE (internet says Praline Connection has best pickles in New Orleans; clue to close-by pickleball courts)
JUST DON’T GO BANKRUPT AND YOU WILL BE FINE (Detroit went bankrupt; fines for police)
DRIVE A CAR, GRAB AN ICE CREAM FOR BOTH OF US (Detroit car dealers; Dairy Queen clue including CAR I US; cone for pine cone in pine tree where clue was located)
HIT AN ACE WHERE PERHAPS YOU CAN’T PARK A BUS (can be tennis, baseball or pickeball all of which are at Birchwood Park)
EXTRACTING THE LOCATION CAN BE CONSPICUOUSLY DONE (extract milk from cow; conspicuously synonym of loudly in dictionary; Craig Loudermilk head of Morton Public Works)
YOU MIGHT NEED A CANDLE TO FIND THE HIDDEN ONE (Wick Street close by)
THERE IS A PARK CLOSE TO WHERE THEY HOLD MASS
BUT YOU MIGHT ALSO SEARCH WHERE YOU BUY GLASS (Glass place on Detroit)
COMPREHEND WHAT ALL THESE TESTS PROVIDE (combine with next line)
FOOTBALL PLAYERS ARE KNOWN TO COLLIDE (Comprehensive Collision on Detroit close by; famous football player from New Orleans named Hilliard, like Morton Chief of Police)
IS THE PIN ON THE OUTSKIRTS OR IN THE CENTER OF MORTON?
STUMPED?  YOUR SEARCH YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABORTIN’ (stumped refers to a tree)


THESE NEXT RIDDLES WILL SURELY PAVE THE WAY (Riddle more clearly tied to business very close to location; Public Works paves our roads)
I FOUND THE PIN IS WHAT WE WANT YOU TO SAY
MASSAGE ALL THE HELPFUL HINTS TO REACH THE ROCKY SUMMIT (Massage place on Detroit; Red Rock too; and Summit)
BATHE YOUR RED OR GREEN CAR SO YOUR CHANCES DON’T PLUMMET (Car wash on Detroit; Red Rock again; red and green are Christmas colors, for pine tree; car dealers again)
PLESSY TOOK A LOUISIANA TRAIN OUT OF TOWN (Cross the railroad tracks when coming from these businesses)
BUT THE SUPREME COURT DID NOT SCHOOL US UNTIL BROWN (don’t look at schools)
WHEN YOU WATCH SOCCER MOST FANS WILL DRIVE EAST (Soccer Forum)
AVOID THOSE WHICH SOMETIMES YOU EAT FOR A FEAST (Warning sign to avoid ducks/geese along Detroit right by Public Works building)
ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS WE SHOULD NOT NEGLECT
FOCUS UPON THOSE WHO SERVE AND  PROTECT (Police again)
IF YOUR EFFORTS LEAD YOU TO SEE MR. GOWER (If at Alwan’s Pharmacy on Detroit south of Birchwood- pharmacist in It’s a Wonderful Life-)
THEN HEAD BACK NORTHEAST TOWARD A TALL TOWER (turn back to the Water tower area)
SPORTS MIGHT BE PLAYED WITH OR WITHOUT A GLOVE (softball and soccer in places and certain positions use or don’t use gloves)
SOMETIMES THE SCORE WILL BE ONE YOU DON’T LOVE (tennis score)
SEARCH UNDER SCINTILLANT LIGHT FAR FROM HOME (whole area of Public Works brightly lit at night by baseball field lights; but pin not close to home plate at field)
STAY WEST OF THE FENCES; DON’T ROAM (fence in back of Public Works by ball diamond, stay west of it)
SIFT THROUGH RECENT FESTIVAL THEMES FROM YEARS GONE BY (Few years ago theme was Pumpkin Christmas; pine tree again and Christmas carol as in Carol Street close by)
UNWRAP THE PACKAGE EITHER LOW OR HIGH (another Christmas package clue; all baseball clues mean pin at base of tree)
THREAD TOGETHER THE CLUES FROM THE LAST THREE WEEKS (needle and thread as in pine needle)
THE PIN AND 300 DOLLARS ARE WHAT ONE SEEKS
CLOSE BY A PARK BUT DON’T PASS, GOLF, OR SWIM (Close by a park but not for football (Southwood), Frisbee golf (Northwood) or swimming (Idlewood)
DIVE INTO A PLANT THAT SURE NEEDS A TRIM (Only trees in front of Public Works Building and water tower to dive into)
(Total number of lines from four actual sets of clues was 76, as in 1976 and Freedom Hall right by police station and Birchwood Park)

Clue #4

THESE NEXT RIDDLES WILL SURELY PAVE THE WAY
I FOUND THE PIN IS WHAT WE WANT YOU TO SAY
MASSAGE ALL THE HELPFUL HINTS TO REACH THE ROCKY SUMMIT
BATHE YOUR RED OR GREEN CAR SO YOUR CHANCES DON’T PLUMMET
PLESSY TOOK A LOUISIANA TRAIN OUT OF TOWN
BUT THE SUPREME COURT DID NOT SCHOOL US UNTIL BROWN
WHEN YOU WATCH SOCCER, MOST FANS WILL DRIVE EAST
AVOID THOSE WHICH SOMETIMES YOU EAT FOR A FEAST
ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS WE SHOULD NOT NEGLECT
FOCUS UPON THOSE WHO SERVE AND  PROTECT
IF YOUR EFFORTS LEAD YOU TO SEE MR. GOWER
THEN HEAD BACK NORTHEAST TOWARD A TALL TOWER
SPORTS MIGHT BE PLAYED WITH OR WITHOUT A GLOVE
SOMETIMES THE SCORE WILL BE ONE YOU DON’T LOVE
SEARCH UNDER SCINTILLANT LIGHT FAR FROM HOME
STAY WEST OF THE FENCES; DON’T ROAM
SIFT THROUGH RECENT FESTIVAL THEMES FROM YEARS GONE BY
UNWRAP THE PACKAGE EITHER LOW OR HIGH
THREAD TOGETHER THE CLUES FROM THE LAST THREE WEEKS
THE PIN AND 300 DOLLARS ARE WHAT ONE SEEKS
CLOSE BY A PARK BUT DON’T PASS, GOLF, OR SWIM
DIVE INTO A PLANT THAT SURE NEEDS A TRIM

Clue #3 2013

THIS THIRD SET OF CLUES SHOULD INCREASE YOUR WISDOM
THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES MIGHT BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM
NEW ORLEANS HAS THE SUPER DOME AND BOURBON STREET
PUMPKIN JAMBALAYA IS THIS YEAR’S NEWEST TREAT
BAND TOGETHER, BE ALIVE NOT DEAD
SEARCH 2160 TIMES, FAST, SO YOU GET OUT OF THE LEAD
LAST YEAR’S SIXTIES CLUE WAS NOT “GIVE ME SOME SKIN”
EACH YEAR SOMEONE IS A SURE LOCK TO UNCOVER THE PIN
PRAY YOU’LL MAKE YOUR CONNECTION IN A STRAIGHT LINE
JUST DON’T GO BANKRUPT AND YOU WILL BE FINE
DRIVE A CAR, GRAB AN ICE CREAM FOR BOTH OF US
HIT AN ACE WHERE PERHAPS YOU CAN’T PARK A BUS
EXTRACTING THE LOCATION CAN BE CONSPICUOUSLY  DONE
YOU MIGHT NEED A CANDLE TO FIND THE HIDDEN ONE
THERE IS A PARK CLOSE TO WHERE THEY HOLD MASS
BUT YOU MIGHT ALSO SEARCH WHERE YOU BUY GLASS
COMPREHEND WHAT ALL THESE TESTS PROVIDE
FOOTBALL PLAYERS ARE KNOWN TO COLLIDE
IS THE PIN ON THE OUTSKIRTS OR IN THE CENTER OF MORTON?
STUMPED?  YOUR SEARCH YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABORTIN’

Clue #2 2013

MAN, A NEW WEEK, EXAMINE THOSE WHO FLEW
MILLING ROUND CRUISE SHIPS WON’T CREDIT YOUR CREW
IT’S BEEN TEN YEARS SINCE AN ERRANT FUNNEL
THIS YEAR WE HONKED GOODBYE TO JEFF’S TWO TUNNELS
ARNOLD AND BRUCE THOUGHT CLINT WAS EXPENDABLE
OMITTING SCHOOL LAND MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT BE PREFERABLE
HE AND HIS BROTHER CAN SURE FLING A BALL
HEAD OUT WITH A RIGHT MOOD AND STAND TALL
WATER FROM KATRINA WAS TWENTY FEET HIGH
HOW LONG WILL THE LINE BE FOR PUMPKIN PIE?
WEIGHING IN WITH A PREVIOUS CLUE WHERE THEY WERE INMATES
HAVE A PUMPKIN PARADE BUFFET BETWEEN THESE TWO STATES
DON’T DIE, DRIVE DOWN DEEPLY THEIR STREET OF SANKOTY
ON IT, NEW ORLEANS IS SITUATED ALMOST WHOLLY
MAKE A SPORTSMANLIKE GESTURE WHILE YOU GET YOUR HAIR CUT
THE BIG EASY NEVER LEAVES YOU IN A RUT
THE MORTON EXIT HAS BEEN SUCH A MESS
A DIFFERENT PATH MAY MAKE SEARCHIN’ LESS
STILL SCRATCHING YOUR HEAD? DON’T LET IT CAUSE YOU THE BLUES
KEY TO FINDING THE PIN IS IN THE NEXT SET OF CLUES

 

Clue #1 2013

MORTON’S PUMPKIN PIN CONTEST STARTS ANEW
ONCE AGAIN, PRIVATE LAND IS NOT FAIR GAME
WEEK-BY-WEEK WE WILL OFFER A NEW CLUE
IF IT TAKES ALL FOUR WEEKS, WHO IS TO BLAME?
ANDREW JACKSON WON HIS BATTLE WITH HELP
INDIANS AND PIRATES KEPT BRITS AT BAY
PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE PARK WHERE THE DOGS YELP
LENT STARTS AFTER THE END OF FAT TUESDAY
HURRICANES BLOW IN LATE SUMMER OR FALL
BEIGNETS AND PUMPKIN COFFEE PAIR QUITE WELL
SEIZE THE PARADE THROWER’S ORANGE BEADS, YA’LL
GO RELAY RACE PAST A NON-RINGING BELL
THE CARNIVALE IS STEEPED IN HISTORY
CRACK EACH PUZZLE AND SOLVE THE MYSTERY

Teaser Clue 2013

COME ON YA’LL, THE PUMPKIN PIN QUEST IS STARTIN’
AROUND MORTON’S PUBLIC LAND, THE CLUES YOU’LL BE CHARTIN’
READ ALL OF THEM CAREFULLY AND MULTIPLE TIMES
NOTE THE FIRST TIPS THIS YEAR HAVE DIFFERENT RHYMES
INVESTIGATE WELL BOTH INSIDE AND OUT
VERIFY ALL, SO YOU HAVE NO DOUBT
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS YEAR’S SEARCH?
LOOK AT OUR MARDI GRAS FROM YOUR FAVORITE PERCH
EASY, DON’T LET EACH LINE LEAVE YOU IN A LURCH