The 2015 Great Pumpkin Pin Search

Sponsor: Clearpath IT Solutions
Prize:  $300
Clues Released:  August 21, August 28, September 4, September 11

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 21, August 28, September 4, and September 11. 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 #2 2015

POUR OVER THIS SECOND SET OF CLUES TILL YOU’RE FULL
COMPETE FOR THE MONEY AND YOUR PRIDE LIKE A BULL

 

STEVENSON’S TREASURE CAN OFTEN BE A GUIDE
THERE ARE MANY PLACES THAT THE PIN CAN HIDE

 

LIKE ARNOLD, WE MIGHT REVEAL THE PIN WITH TRUE LIES
YOU DON’T GET IT ALL LAID OUT, SO YOU MUST IMPROVISE

 

WAS THE PIN IN PLACE BY THE TIME OF THE THROWDOWN
OR COULD IT HAVE BEEN DROPPED SOMEWHERE ELSE DOWNTOWN?

 

ELSA, JOE AND JACKIE KNOW WHERE THE PIN CAN BE FOUND
WADE THROUGH ALL THE CARIBBEAN DATA AS THE CLUES ABOUND

 

THOMAS LINCOLN WAS A FAMOUS CULTIVATOR OF PUMPKINS
THE PIN BETTER BE FOUND BEFORE THE FESTIVAL BEGINS

 

SEARCH THE WOODS WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT
YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING THE CONTEST WILL SOON TAKE FLIGHT

 

THE MONTAGUA GUATEMELA EARTHQUAKE FAULT LINE IS LIKE THE ANDREAS
THE CHANGED AGENDA: EAT PIE, PLAY BALL AND STOP FOR GAS

 

CARIBBEAN BROTHER PIRATES FIGHTING IN A DAY OF CAPTAIN HOOK
COULD THE PIN BY A LONG SHOT HAVE RETURNED BY A BROOK?

 

MODERN PIRATES CONNECT WITH TOMS AND HENRIES
FORTUNATELY YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET PAST SENTRIES

 

STUDY SO HARD YOU CAN HEAR YOURSELF THINK
YOU WILL BE FLOODED WITH ANSWERS IN JUST A BLINK

 

PIRATE TREASURE WAS TAKEN FROM SAILING SHIPS
CROSSING THE OCEAN ON MONTHS LONG TRIPS

 

DON’T SKIP WATCHING FOR THE BOATS WITH SKULL AND BONE
OR YOUR POSSESSIONS AND THE PIN THEY WILL SOON OWN

 

PIRATES FOUGHT ALONGSIDE THEIR LEADER ANDREW
IN AN OLD CITY THAT’S NOW KNOWN AS NEW

 

WORN-OUT MAPS WERE USED TO HELP ONE NAVIGATE
OUR THIRD CLUES NEXT WEEK FREELY AWAIT

Clue #1 2015

AT THIS YEAR’S PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, PIRATES AND TREASURE CHESTS RULE

WITH CARIBBEAN NATURAL RESOURCES, THE PUMPKIN PIN’S A JEWEL 

 

EDMUND TEACH AND MARY READ SAILED THE SEVEN SEAS

DRIFT AWAY FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY LIKE CASEY’S

 

SHOULD YOU REACH THE END, YOUR FATE IS SURELY SEALED 

TO WIN THE PRIZE YOU’LL HAVE TO BEND AND THEN BE KNEELED

 

 IF YOU’RE NOT BILKING A TON OF CASH FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

YOU’LL RECEIVE A PAIN THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL WORSE

 

THE WEST, EAST, NORTH THIS YEAR OR SOUTH? 

COMMUNICATION DURING PIRATE TIMES WAS OFTEN JUST BY MOUTH

 

REMEMBER ONE OF THE VERY FIRST THINGS YOU WERE TAUGHT

SAVE COPIES OF INITIAL CLUES WHERE X MARKS THE SPOT 

 

CARIBBEAN-ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS ON A NEW RED HILL

YOUR HOLMES-LIKE BRAIN WITH KNOWLEDGE IT WILL YET FILL

 

A PUMPKIN SPICED LATTE YOU SHOULD START TO SIP

OR CRUISE THE CARIBBEAN ON A REAL COOL SHIP

 

GOLD DOUBLOONS LINE THE FLOORS OF THE SEA AND OCEAN

THE PIN REALLY CANNOT BE IN CONSTANT MOTION

 

PIRATE PEG LEGS WERE MADE FROM SOLID OAK

COMPARED TO OTHER CONTESTS, OUR CLUES AREN’T A JOKE

 

SHIPS WERE QUICKLY REPLACED BY MANY LINES OF RAIL

FOLLOW ALL THE CLUES, AND YOU’LL BE ON OUR TRAIL

 

MORTON GEOGRAPHY IS EASY WITH BOTH OF YOUR EYES OPEN

YOU DON’T HAVE A PIRATE EYEPATCH ON, WE’RE HOPIN’

 

SAILING FOR DAYS AND CLOSING IN ON THE NEW TURF

SWIMMING AGAINST CRASHING WAVES IN SWIFT MOVING SURF

 

PUMPKINS WERE DISCOVERED IN THE BRAND NEW WORLD

BEWARE OF SHIPS WITH THE PIRATE FLAG UNFURLED

 

DON’T WAIT TO WORK THESE NEW CLUES UNTIL THE FOURTH WEEK

IT MIGHT NOT BE IN THE CARDS TO VACATION ON MARTINIQUE

 

TRAVELING PARK PATHS OR BY PORT A POTTIES COULD FRANKLY WORK 

IF YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT THE LOCATION, PLEASE DON’T GO BESERK 

Teaser Clue 2015

OUR THEME THIS TIME IS PUMPKINS OF THE CARIBBEAN

DON’T GIVE UP IF YOU JUST  HEAR OTHERS LAY CLAIM

POTTERS SHOULD BE ON WHAT YOUR KEYIN’

THE RULES OF COURSE ARE JUST THE SAME

THERE IS HIDDEN TREASURE ON MORTON LANDS

IT IS IN THE FORM OF THE PUMPKIN PIN

THE SECRET SPOT MAY BE SEARCHED BY MANY HANDS

IF FOUND,THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS YOU WILL WIN

ONLY SEARCH ON PUBLIC GROUND

MANY HIDDEN NOOKS WILL SURELY ASTOUND