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 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 19, August 26, September 2, and September 9. 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.

This year, in celebration of the Morton Pumpkin Festival's 50th Anniversary, 50 pins will be hidden: 49 festival logo pins and 1 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 wins $300, will be photographed for the Pumpkin Festival Facebook Page, and will be introduced on stage during the festival!

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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Pin found on September 11, 2015

THE PUMPKIN PIN HAS BEEN FOUND! Congratulations to the team of Josh Hoyer, April Hoyer, Nikole Crenney and Thomas Crenney. They are donating the $300 prize to the MCB Joal Stanfield Education Fund. The pin was found at the Morton Post Office near the flag pole. Thank you to all who searched for the pin this year!  

Clue Solver

Here are the tips the clue writers left along the way.  Again this year, there were plenty of clues from the very beginning of the search to lead to the pin’s location.

 

FIRST CLUE

 

CARIBBEAN NATURAL RESOURCES INSTITUTE GIVES OUT “MACARTHUR” AWARD – MCARTHUR STREET RIGHT BY LOCATION

 

NUMEROUS REFRENCES TO FORMER US POSTMASTERS GENERAL – CASEY, WYNNE, PAYNE, WORK, NEW AND BILKINGTON (FIRST NAME DAVID AS IN STREET NEAR LOCATION)

 

THE WEST EAST NORTH THIS YEAR ETC. CLUE EACH FIRST LETTER SPELLS OUT TWENTY; THEN ADD FROM SAVE CLUE THE S, “I” IN INITIAL AND THE X TO MAKE SIX = 26 LETTERS IN ALPHABET; LETTERS MAILED FROM POST OFFICE; SIMILAR CLUE ONE OF FIRST THINGS YOU’RE TAUGHT IS ALPHABET; THIS SET OF CLUES HAD 32 LINES, NEXT ONE 30, THIRD CLUE 28, MEANING PROGRESSION WOULD BE TO 26, AGAIN REFRENCING 26 “LETTERS”

 

PIN UNDER ROCKS AT GROUND LEVEL SO YOU HAD TO BEND AND KNEEL

 

FILL AND COOL = PHIL KUHL OF KUHL & COMPANY RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO POST OFFICE

 

ALSO “SKIP” MEISTER WORKS FOR KUHL

 

CARIBBEAN ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS ON A NEW RED HILL ARE MADE BY TRULIA.COM (SEE TRUE LIES CLUE LATER) AT 636 JEFFERSON (ADDRESS OF BUSINESS CENTER BY LOCATION) IN CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY

 

CONSTANT MOTION OF MAIL TRUCKS

 

PIN RIGHT BY US FLAG, NOT PIRATE FLAG UNFURLED

 

“TRAVELER” WAS CODE NAME OF US PRESIDENT IN “IN THE LINE OF FIRE” WITH CLINT EASTWOOD – FEDERAL REFERENCE

 

FRANKLY – BEN FRANKLIN WAS FIRST POSTMASTER GENERAL OF SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS

 

NEW TURF AND PORT A POTTIES – POTTERS; JOHNNIE OR JOHN = US POSTMASTER JOHN E. POTTER WAS APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT BUSH (PIN NEAR BUSHES); ST. JOHN IS CITY ON SABA – SEE BELOW RE SABAI REFERENCES

 

NOT IN CARDS/MARTINIQUE – FORT ST. LOUIS LOCATION ON THAT ISLAND TIES TO FORT TRANSFER RIGHT BY POST OFFICE

 

 

SECOND CLUE

 

POUR OVER REFERENCE TO ECHO FLOOD, WHO IS MANAGER OF HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS IN CARIBBEAN, ECHO ENGRAVING AND TUBE STAMPING NEAR LOCATION

 

BRASS BULL  ALSO ON JEFFERSON LIKE POST OFFICE

 

ARNOLD NOT AHNOLD, BUT TOM ARNOLD REFERENCE AGAIN TO JEFFERSON

 

YOU “DROP” MAIL IN A SLOT

 

ELSA, JOE AND JACKIE ARE FIRST NAMES OF POSTMASTERS IN MONTSERRAT, ST. LUCIA AND ST VINCENT GRENADINES; WADE IS POSTAL UNION HEAD IN BELIZE

 

THOMAS JEFFERSON NOT LINCOLN

 

WOODS NOT AS IN PARKS OR STREET NAMES BUT BRANDON WOOD RETIREMENT HOME NEAR LOCATION

TAKE FLIGHT -- CARIBBEAN AIRLINES HEAD IS NAMED DAVID, AGAIN STREET NEAR LOCATION – DAVID PORTER HERO FOR ATTACKING PIRATES AND HIS SHIP WAS NICKNAMED “BEAGLE” FOR CONNECTION TO ANIMAL HOSPITAL

 

ANDREA BUSINESS LOCATION IS TIE TO ANDREAS; ALSO ANDRIS (BUSINESS BY LOCATION) PIEBALGAS IS EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER FOR CARIBBEAN REGION; ITS MOTO IS “AGENDA FOR CHANGE” – ALSO CARIBBEAN TRAVEL WRITER IS ANDREA MILAM AND MILAM AUDIO NEAR LOCATION – HEAR YOURSELF

 

TOM HANKS MODERN PIRATE MOVIE BUT SENTRIES REFERS TO FORT AS IN FORT TRANSFER RIGHT BY POST OFFICE

 

STUDY SO HARD, LIKE A ROCK UNDER WHICH PIN WAS LOCATED

 

HEAR = MILAM AUDIO RIGHT BY LOCATION

ANOTHER REFERENCE TO FLOOD

 

A SCHOONER IS A SHIP – SCHOONER’S SOMEWHAT BY LOCATION

SKULL AND BONE REFERS TO FLAG AGAIN

 

JACKSON IS ALONGSIDE JEFFERSON NEAR LOCATION

 

FREELY REFERS TO LIBERTY, AGAIN NAME OF ROAD RIGHT BY LOCATION

 

 

THIRD CLUE

 

YOU SEE RIGHT THROUGH GLASS—GLASS COMP BUSINESS IN AREA OF LOCATION

 

BAMBOO PERCUSSON INSTRUMENT IS A CARIBBEAN STAMPING TUBE – ECHO ENGRAVING AND TUBE STAMPING BUSINESS NEAR LOCATION

 

JAMAICAN PIMENTO OIL USED IN JAMAICA BASE UNIVERSAL MAINTENANCE OIL “OMEGA 636” – 636 JEFFERSON RIGHT BY LOCATION

 

BEGINNING TO END REFERS TO PARADE ROUTE THAT ENDS AT POST OFFICE

 

WORTHY PROJECT ON PLUM AND JEFFERSON STREET OF LOCATION AGAIN

 

KAUFMAN’S TERM ON VILLAGE BOARD ENDS IN 2017; CLIFF KAUFMAN BUILDING NEAR LOCATION

 

THE SMALLEST POSSESSION OF THE NETHERLANDS IS SABA (WHOSE CAPITAL IS “THE BOTTOM”), WHOSE CUISINE IS SABAI, AND WHICH DERIVES MEANING FROM A WINDY MORNING—SABAI BUSINESS NEAR LOCATION

 

CARIBBEAN ELECTRIC’S MOTO IS “TO BE ON TIME”  PLUS “AUTOMATIC” –MORTON AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC RIGHT BY LOCATION

 

FLUSH REFERS TO A PLUMBER—MICHELLE PLUMMER IS SENIOR MASSAGE THERAPIST AT CARLISLE BAY RESORT IN ANTIGUA – MASSAGE PLACE BY LOCATION

 

LIBBY SLADER IS FAMOUS DESIGNER OF ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE SHIPS—LIBBY’S SOMEWHAT NEAR LOCATION

 

CALICO REFERS TO CATS AND ANIMAL HOSPITAL BY LOCATION

 

ENDODONIC BUSINESS NEAR LOCATION REFERS TO WHITE TEETH – DR. WHITE’S ENDO BUSINESS IS ON HOPE ROAD IN KINGSTON JAMAICA NEAR HALF WAY TREE ROAD (ROOT CANAL HALF WAY BACK IN YOUR MOUTH)

 

PIN RIGHT BY POST OFFICE FLAG POLE

 

VOLCANO ON SABA IS MT. SCENERY

 

ALL THE TREES ALONG JEFFERSON IN FRONT OF POST OFFICE WERE CUT DOWN THIS SUMMER

 

PANCAKES NEED SYRUP – MAPLE IS THE ROAD RIGHT ALONGSIDE POST OFFICE PROPERTY

 

HUNDREDS -- POST OFFICE 600 ADDRESS IS IN THE HUNDREDS

 

BURNIN’ AND CATCH A FIRE – FIRE HYDRANT RIGHT BY POST OFFICE

 

 

FOURTH CLUE

 

NUMEROUS POST OFFICE REFERENCES: PASSPORTS; SORTING OF MAIL; STREET ABBREVIATIONS;  MOST WANTED LISTS; PACKING BOXES TO MAIL; LICKING OF STAMPS; MAIL IT IN; STAMP; E-TRANSMISSIONS CUT POST OFFICE BUSINESS; PIN RIGHT BY FLAG POLE AND BUSHES/SHRUBS AND UNDER STONES

 

BOWLING ALLEY, DENTIST OFFICE AND VET/ANIMAL HOSPITAL CLOSE BY

 

CASTING PROTECTION IS A FORT, LIKE FORT TRANSFER

 

MCB SOMEWHAT NEAR LOCATION OF PIN

 

AT NIGHT = KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BY LOCATION

Clue #4 2015

TO GET TO THE CARIBBEAN, YOU’LL NEED A PASSPORT

SO THROUGH EACH FINAL CLUE, YOU’LL HAVE TO SORT

 

YOU MAY NOT HAVE BEEN BOWLED OVER BY OUR CLUES JUST YET

ONE NEEDS MUCH SCHOOLING TO BE A DENTIST OR VET

 

ABBREVIATED STREET MARKS IN AUGUST CAST PROTECTION

THE CARIBBEAN’S LIKE AN OCEAN, OR AT LEAST A SECTION

 

FINDING THE PUMPKIN PIN IS WHAT YOU WANT MOST

STAY OFF THE LIST EVERY SINGLE ONE POSTS

 

PACK UP YOUR ORANGE, PUMPKIN-FILLED BOX

STOP FOR SOME CASH FROM THE BANK WITH THE CLOCKS

 

LICK ALL THE TOUGH CLUES; DON’T JUST MAIL IT IN

THE FEST’S FACEBOOK PAGE MAY POST YOUR PIC WITH A GRIN

 

PUT YOUR STAMP ON THE RESULT OF THE CONTEST THIS YEAR

DELVE WHERE ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSIONS CAUSE FEAR

 

WE’VE MENTIONED A LOT TO SEARCH BY A FLAG

PIRATE THE PIN AWAY IN A PLASTIC BAG

 

PICK THE RIGHT ROCK, TREE, BUSH OR SHRUB

YOU “THE PIN FINDER” THE CHAMBER WILL DUB

 

IF AT NIGHT USE THE LIGHT FROM YOUR CELL PHONES

SWING YOUR PIRATE SWORD TO MOVE A FEW STONES

Clue #3 2015

OUR CLUES BY NOW YOU SHOULD SEE RIGHT THROUGH

THE CARIBBEAN BEAT IS SET BY BAMBOO

 

JAMAICAN PIMENTO OIL, A UNIVERSAL BASE

MAINTAIN FROM BEGINNING TO END AND SET THE PACE

 

YOUR WORTHY PROJECT SHOULD BE A PLUM OR DREAM

OR A MEMORIAL THAT WILL MAKE OUR VETERANS BEAM

 

WE TRUST THE TERM OF OUR CONTEST WON’T EXPIRE IN 2017

AFTER 50 YEARS, THE HUNTED PIN STILL WILL BE SEEN

 

A TINY POSSESSION’S NOT AT THE BOTTOM IN CUISINE

A WINDY MORNING IS WHAT THESE CLUES MEAN

 

OUR CARIBBEAN MOTO IS TO BE ON TIME

SOMEONE ELSE FINDING THE PIN WILL BE A CRIME

 

NOT AUTOMATICALLY USING ALL CLUES COULD FLUSH YOUR HOPES

THEN THE SENIORS IN ANTIGUA MIGHT ALL CALL YOU DOPES

 

AN ALLURING DESIGN WILL MAKE YOU FEEL ROYAL

CURCUBITA MOSCHATAS GROW IN CARIBBEAN SOIL

 

ANOTHER WELL KNOWN PIRATE WAS CALICO JACK

HOPE A KING’S SON CAN ROOT OUT THE PIN HALF WAY BACK

 

THE PIN COULD BE LURKING BY FLAG POLES

AND NEAR A FAMILIAR BELL THAT TOLLS

 

DAVIES SHOULD BE CONTACTED IN ORDER TO PLEA

A VOLCANO CAN PROVIDE NICE SCENERY

 

PUMPKINS ARE CALABAZAS IN THE WEST INDIES

AND OF COURSE PLANTED WHERE THERE ARE NO TREES

 

PUMPKIN PANCAKES TO HUNDREDS WILL BE FED

SOMEONE ELSE LOCKING IN ON THE PIN IS SOMETHING TO DREAD

 

BOB MARLEY ALBUMS INCLUDE BURNIN’ AND CATCH A FIRE

THREE CLUE SETS DOWN; YOUR CHANCES LOOK DIRE

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