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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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Pin found on September 5, 2014!

Nathan and Kelley Hall of Pekin found the pin at Horseshoe Park on Jefferson Street in Morton shortly after the 4th Clue came out on September 5th.  They were awarded a check for $300 during the Pumpkin Festival Opening Ceremony on September 10th.  Congratulations Nathan and Kelley!

Clue Solver

The pin was located in Horseshoe Park in the area of the sign, beneath two bricks on the top back portion of that area.  There were two ways to locate the pin.  One was to realize from the first three sets of clues that you were clearly being sent to Birchwood Park, then to the high school and finally to Southwood Park.  From many clues, the shape of the teaser clue, the three rhyming lines this year, and a hidden directive, you were told to triangulate. By this, you were being sent to Horseshoe Park.  Or you were given many direct clues throughout to get you to Horseshoe Park.  Some of the clues are listed below.

From the teaser: clinging and clanging of metal stakes in horseshoes.  Bell = high school.  West meant Birchwood.  Cowboys = football  = JFL = Southwood.

First clue to Birchwood: Various clues to police, softball, pickleball, last year’s pin location, Detroit, water tower, welcome sign, WOULD, Robert Birch’s gang, birchwood drums.

Clues to triangulate:  number of clues new format, TRY AND … GET … PUMPKIN through LATE in next clue = triangulate

Direct clues to Horseshoe Park:  grasping, saddle, hat, GAZE = gazebo, Old Restmor area, Illinois

Second Clue to high school: deciphering, outfigured, brain, train down Jefferson, Dr. Hall, track, football field, Bertha Frank, bus barn, educated, homecoming

Clues to triangulate: Scarecrow famous for triangle calculation in Wizard of Oz, three Arnold clues from Terminator 2

Direct Clues to Horseshoe Park: Horseshoe used as a talisman of luck in book True Legends by Edward Flight, Charles Bronson was Harmonica and Blue Buffalo but Bronson was location of first meeting of national horseshoe thrower’s association in 1910, grass spikes right by pin, LEAN =leaner, Eastwood do you feel lucky = horseshoe luck,  Old Hickory = Jackson and FRANKLY= Frank Jackson started national horseshoe  thrower’s association, CLOSER -- close only counts in horseshoes, grasping, crashing sound

Third Clue to Southwood Park:  Not North, Mississippi ending, Idlewood, electric wires, south clues to Florida, Louisiana where Hank Jr. born, Texas , high tops for football

Clues to triangulate:  all three needed, references back to previous two location areas

Direct clues to Horseshoe Park: cowboy, wrangler sitting down at gazebo or bench to take off boot, chamber on Jefferson, train again

Fourth clue – the full explanation for the previous three clues and teaser brought the winner to the location.  

 

Clue #4 2014

YOU'VE ROLLED THROUGH TOWN LIKE A TUMBLEWEED TO RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET THOUGH, THERE'S SOMETHING YOU'LL NEED USE ALL THREE CLUES AND A MAP TO COMPLETE THE DEED IF YOU HAVEN'T DISCOVERED IT, OUR SECRET YOU WILL HATE THREE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, THE ENTIRE TOWN CROSSED; BUT DON'T WAIT THE SETS  OF RHYMING CLUES (AND  8 AND 9) TOLD YOU TO TRIANGULATE IT'S BEEN OVER TWO MONTHS SINCE THE FOURTH OF JULY ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF SIGNING PAPER THESE TWO MEN DIE THE TWO WERE FRIENDS EVEN THOUGH THEY RARELY SAW EYE TO EYE THE INDIAN BATTLE OF BEAVER CREEK CAUSED THE DEATH OF THIS GROUP IT WAS NOT THE NATIVES NOR THE AMERICAN TROOP KNOWING ABOUT THIS, THE PIN, LIKE PUMPKIN ICE CREAM, YOU'LL SCOOP MERLE HAGGARD SANG OF COWBOYS IN BAKERSFIELD HIS LEFT HAND CONTAINED THIS OBJECT YOU MUST WIELD WHILE COWBOYS WERE BURIED IN PINE, A BRICK TOMB HAS THE PIN SEALED AT THIS POINT WE'VE CERTANLY TOSSED YOU ENOUGH CLUES TEAR THIS ONE ACRE APART AND YOUR NAME WILL BE NEWS IF YOU'RE BEATEN, YOU'LL BE SINGING THE COUNTRY AND WESTERN BLUES

 

Clue #3 2014

DON’T SING “SHOUT TO THE NORTH” WHEN AT CHURCH WE ALL GREET

A VERY WIDE MOUTH ENDS THIS FLOWING MORTON STREET

HIGH TOPS, NOT COWBOY GEAR, PROTECT OUR YOUTHS’ FEET

DON’T MAKE AN IDLE CLAIM IF YOU’VE NOT FOUND THE PIN

ELECTRIFY US WITH KNOWLEDGE OF YOU AND YOUR KIN

THEN THE ACCOLADES OF PUMPKIN MASTER YOU WILL WIN

THIS AREA IS KNOWN FOR PINES AND PANHANDLES

ONE STATE’S A BIRTHPLACE, OF RANDALL’S

THE MOST FAMOUS IS NOTEWORTHY FOR SUNSHINE AND SANDALS

LOCAL PUMPKIN GROWERS PRODUCE TEXAS SIZE FRUIT

A WRANGLER MAY SIT DOWN WHEN PULLING OFF A BOOT

PIN FINDERS SHOULD HOLD UP THE CHAMBER FOR MORE LOOT

PUMPKIN CANS ON RAILROAD CARS FILL MANY CASES

PARK YOUR LEGENDARY RIDE IN TWO SEPARATE PLACES

LOB A TRUE SHOT OVER THE NET AS YOUR LEAN FOE  MAKES FACES

ALL THREE WEEK’S OFFERINGS ARE NOW NECESSARY CLUES

DON’T WAIT TILL THE FOURTH; NOTHING’S BEEN A RUSE

BUT A COMPETITOR PREVAILING WOULD MAKE YOU BLOW A FUSE

Clue #2 2014

DECIPHERING NEW RHYMING LINES CAN BE A PAIN

BUT SCARECROW OUT-FIGURED THE WITCH OF THE WEST SANS BRAIN

SPIES JIM AND ART CONFOUNDED OUTLAWS FROM THEIR TRAIN

A HARMONICA AND A BUFFALO ARE ONE AND THE SAME

THE CORRAL, SUNGLASSES, AND A CYCLE GAVE ARNOLD FAME

A MEXICAN STANDOFF, RIGHT AND LEFT, THE MAN WITH NO NAME

TRACK THE PUMPKIN PIN LIKE YOU ARE PANNING FOR GOLD 

HAUL YOUR MEDICAL SUPPLIES SO YOU DON’T CATCH A COLD 

GRAB ONTO A HICKORY BRANCH THAT’S TURNING OLD

PUMPKIN POTS, LIKE GLASS, CAN SHATTER IN CLASS

MAKING A DISSIMILAR SOUND TO RINGING BRASS

AND CRASHING INTO PIECES ON PAINTED GRASS

THE WILD WEST WAS OPEN WHEN COMPARED TO THIS

A NEW OUTDOOR BARN HAS TAKEN OVER CAUSING BLISS

COMING HOME TO PUMPKIN PANCAKES, A TIME TO REMINISCE 

FRANKLY, YOU’RE TWO-THIRDS CLOSER TO THE BIG PRIZE BY NOW

CLAIMING YOUR THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS, YOU MAY TAKE A BOW

AND AT YOUR EDUCATED CLUE SOLVING, WE’LL ALL SAY “WOW”

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.