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The 2014 Great Pumpkin Pin Search

Sponsor: Clearpath IT Solutions
Prize:  $300
Clues Released:  August 15, August 22, August 29, September 5

The kick-off to the Morton Pumpkin Festival is the Great Pumpkin Pin Search, a treasure hunt for the official festival pin that begins four 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 15, August 22, August 29, and September 5. 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 the following Wednesday after being released.

The searcher who finds the pin wins $300.

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, 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 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. 

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Clue #1 2014

TO THE OLD WEST!!! WE’RE TRAVELING BACK IN TIME

WITH HOLMES’ HELP, SEARCH EVERY PUBLIC LAND AND RHYME

GRASPING THE NEW FORMAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL SUBLIME

JUMP ON YOUR SADDLE; PUT ON YOUR TEN GALLON HAT

DON’T SIT ROUND ‘TILL THE LAST SOFT CLUE FOR YOUR FINAL  AT BAT

BUT GAZE AT THE HORIZON FROM WHERE IT LAST SAT

WELCOME TO MORTON SIGNS ARE IN THE EAST AND WEST

TRY AND GET THE PUMPKIN PIN BEFORE THE REST

DON’T BE LATE; SHOW THE OTHER SHERIFFS YOU’RE THE BEST

WHEN ILLINOIS WAS THE OLE WEST, ROBERT HAD HIS GANG

PUMPKIN THIEVES IF CAUGHT BACK THEN WOULD SURELY HANG

WESTSIDE CUSTOM DRUMS USES WHITE TREES TO MAKE A BANG

DETROIT CITY WAS STUTTERING MEL’S FAMOUS DITTY

OUR PUMPKIN FEST WOULD BE NO GOOD WITHOUT EACH COMMITTEE

GOING TO THE WRONG WATER TOWER WOULD BE A PITY

A CACTUS PLANT CERTAINLY DOES NOT TICKLE

HOPE YOU ARE NOT ALREADY IN A BIG PICKLE

THE NEXT CLUES WILL PROBABLY NOT BE QUITE AS FICKLE 

Teaser Clue 2014

“Come and get it!”

Bell ringing meant dinner for

Hungry Farmhands and Cowboys of the West.

The clinging and clanging of our Bell signals the Pumpkin test.

Starting August 15, on Friday afternoons, clues will be released like jingling tunes.