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 kickoff to the Morton Pumpkin Festival is the Great Pumpkin Pin Search. This treasure hunt for the official Festival Pin marks the countdown to the Opening Ceremony. This long-standing tradition that generations of Mortonites look forward to each year reminds everyone that the Festival is just around the corner.



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, and on the door of the Morton Chamber of Commerce office.

This year, in celebration of the Morton Pumpkin Festival's 50th Anniversary, 50 pins will be hidden: 49 festival logo pins and one 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 will win $300 in Chamber Checks, be photographed for the Pumpkin Festival Facebook Page, and will be introduced on the Gold's Gym Entertainment Stage!

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 9, 2016

The Pumpkin Pin was found behind/beneath the MCB scoreboard outside right field of the main baseball field at Westwood Park. 

Clue Solver

As always, there was enough in the first clue to get you there – if you focused upon the baseball and bank clues in it and as expanded upon each week.

 

The clue pairs were by week 12-12-12 and 14 on the last set, totaling 50.

 

FIRST CLUE

OUR PUMPKIN FESTIVAL THIS YEAR IS FIFTY YEARS OLD   (Festival is a fair as in “fair ball”)

PIN SEARCHERS NEED MORE SMARTS THAN FOR A TOMATO OR MARIGOLD (Tomato rough shape of baseball)

THE COLONEL’S FAVORITE IS COOKED GOLDEN BROWN (Chicken is a “foul”)

EXTRA ANNIVERSARY PINS WILL DOT MORTON ALL OVER TOWN (Some pins by ball fields)

WITH SO MANY EXTRA PINS, JUST GRAB TWO; DO NOT HOARD  (Two teams for baseball; three is out and inning over)  

EVERY MORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL CLASS HAS A BLACKBOARD (you would “score” one of other pins – score plus board –scoreboard)

FOR MOST OF YOUR TRIP A HALF DOLLAR WILL DO (Fifty Cent’s real name is Jackson – road for most to Westwood)

STAY OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE PIN YOU MIGHT WOO 

YEARS AGO YOU WERE TO FIND THE UNOPENED LANE (pin in 2009 was in part of or near Westwood by maintenance garage)

A FEW LATER IT WAS ON TO THE PLACE THEY TREAT RAIN (Rain together with “out” below is baseball reference)

ANOTHER YEAR YOU WERE TOLD TO GO STRAIGHT FOR THE RILL (Pin in 2011 was in Northwoods Park – add wood to West from next clue)

FOLLOWED BY BIKING OUT WEST UP A HILL  (again West from 2012; hill = pitching mound; out in baseball)

REMEMBER LAST YEAR’S SPOT UNDER RED WHITE AND BLUE (Flags at baseball fields)

AND THE ONE BEFORE THAT AT A PARK NAMED HORSESHOE (another game and reference to a park) 

YOU COULD ALWAYS SEE ONE OF THESE WHEN YOU LOOK (can see water tower from spot of pin)

EXCEPT WHEN THE PIN WAS BEHIND A GEOGRAPHY BOOK   

MAINLY YOU’LL START WITH ARTISTS TO FIND THE PLUM (art festival at Plum and Main for beginning of search was conducted by “chalk” artists)

OLD SEASONING SUGGESTION: HOPE A BUM’S NOT GLUM (Old Bleacher Bums from 1969 Cubs season may be happy with 2016 World Series)

FOR JEFF’S WAY OVER 50, A NEW PLACE TO CALL HOME  (Jeff is Jeff Gordon; Gordon Honegger of MCB; also Jeff Boss of MCB)  

MISUNDERSTANDING OF CLUES WILL FORCE YOU TO ROAM (Force from Star Wars James Earl Jones to tie into second clue set)

DO REFRAIN FROM DIGGING UNTIL YOU ARE RED (Red from Shawshank Redemption, who played catch when they were first getting to know one another)

OR MAYBE SEARCH A TENT AREA WHERE YOU’LL BE FED (outdoor pavilion like a tent area at Westwood Park by t-ball field)

YOUR SEARCH WILL TERMINATE DURING PUMPKIN CANNING TIME (Arnold was in movie “Twins” a pro baseball team)

MORE HELPFUL CLUES NEXT WEEK, BUT STILL IN RHYME

 

 

 

SECOND CLUE

THIS WEEKS CLUES WILL BE MORE MERCIFUL (Hawk Harrelson White Sox announcer always says “MERCY”)

PUMPKIN GROWER GANYARD DOES NOT USE A BULL (Bull Durham baseball movie)

 

VADER’S VOICE CARRIED WAY PAST HIS DEATH (James Earl Jones post-Vader was co-star in Field of Dreams baseball movie)

DON’T EVER STOP RUNNING TO CATCH YOUR BREATH (running in baseball games)

 

A MISPELLED STREET NAME COULD TELL YOU THE WRONG PLACE (Golf course in Streator IL involves Eastwood – opposite of Westwood)

ONE WITH NO NAME COULD PUT A FROWN ON YOUR FACE (Clint of course but kids’ baseball uniforms have numbers not their names)

 

THE NEW CASEY’S WAS BORN JUST IN TIME FOR ROAD WORK (Casey at the Bat poem; Casey daughter of Nick Cage in ConAir –batting cage; Nick then ties to Golden Bear Nicklaus for Frisbee golf connection; road work tore up road in front of Westwood park just in time for pin search)

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW AT WHICH SCHOOL OR PARK THE PIN’LL LURK (most schools and parks have ball fields)

 

BUYING PUMPKINS FROM A CASHIER, YOU MAY SOMETIMES WAIT (cashier line at the bank)

CAESAR AND HUMANS FOUGHT ON THE GOLDEN GATE (Monkey from Planet of Apes re-make; Davey Jones was a Monkee – tie-back to James Earl Jones; many bridges at frisbee golf course)

 

SOME OF OUR CLUES MIGHT CAUSE YOU MUCH PAIN

LOOK DOWN ON MORTON FROM A CROP-DUSTING PLANE (Golden farm fields seen from above west of town; Pilot in airplane movie was “Striker”)

 

AT FORT KNOX THEY HAVE MANY HIDDEN GOLD BARS (James Bond saves the day in Goldfinger—saving bonds available at banks)

CLYDESDALES WILL AGAIN BE KIDDIE PARADE STARS (baseball stars)

 

MORTON EXPERTS DO INQUIRE DAWN TO DUSK ONLY (The first letters for each word are the letters at the New Frisbee golf course on sign at Westwood)

PIN SEARCHERS, JOIN FORCES! YOU WILL NOT BE LONELY

 

FORD LOST ALL HIS GOLD IN SIERRA MADRE (Out west again)

MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS PUMPKIN PANCAKE DAY (swing and miss)

 

GOLD IS 79 (AU) ON THE PERIODIC TABLE (More Auric Goldfinger; bank has interest-rate tables; number 79 is White Sox first baseman))

GOLDEN AGE MOVIE BOSSES WERE BOGEY AND GABLE (Bogey in Frisbee golf; Jeff Boss again and roof lines on “homes” can be gables)

 

BETWEEN EDWARD JONES AND PIZZA RANCH COULD IT LIE? (Huge sign at Westwood ball fields list sponsors.  First is Edward Jones.  Last is Pizza Ranch)

THE PRIZE PUMPKIN’S GOLD NOT ORANGE LIKE IN PIE

 

FIFTY IS HALF WAY FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED (Bears Great Mike “Single”tary wore 50)

YOU’LL BE FORTUNATE ON STAGE IF YOUR NAME IS READ (“Fortunate Son” sung by Fogarty who also sang “Centerfield”)  

 

 

 

THIRD CLUE

YOU’LL NEED TO READ THESE NEXT CLUES VERY CAREFULLY

WITH CLOSE ATTENTION, THEY WILL BE LESS THORNY (Torn up back entrance to Thornridge right by way to pin at Westwood)

AS IN PAST YEARS, YOU’LL NEED TO BE SHERLOCK (sure lock up of Bank; Sherlock name of Arizona baseball coach)

THEN YOUR PIN-FINDING SKILLS NO ONE WILL KNOCK (knock like base hit)

MORTON HAS ONE PLACE HIGHER THAN THE REST (Pitching mound higher and Clock Tower highest)

SPEND GOLD COINS AT A CRAFTY EXPANSION OF PUMPKIN FEST

TWO GOLDEN GLOVES HERE MAY WELL BE NEEDED (With Golf (Frisbee) at Westwood you need “golf” and baseball gloves)

ONE IS AND THE OTHER ISN’T VERY WELL WEEDED (baseball field well weeded, not so for tree and weeds at Frisbee course)

WHEN IS A CIRCLE KIND OF LIKE A SQUARE?  (Circle has 360 degrees.  Baseball has 360 feet “home” back to “home” plate)

IN POKER, YOU DO WANT MORE THAN A PAIR (double-play reference)

GILDED CLUES MIGHT LEAVE YOU CONFUSED

NOT SNARING THE PIN WILL LEAVE YOUR EGO BRUISED (snare a line drive)

DON’T CHOKE ON THE PRICE OF WARM GOLDEN RETRIEVERS (Little girl was choking on hot dog in Field of Dreams)

IF A MONKEY FINDS THE GOLDEN PUMPKIN, YOU’LL BE BELIEVERS (Monkee I’m a Believer song tie to James Earl Jones again)

GARTH WAS A KEY COMPONENT OF THIS SPHERE (Wayne’s World – Wayne Menold of MCB)

WILL THIS GOLDEN YEAR BRING HIM JOY NOT A TEAR? (Long time suffering CUBS fan Cliff of MCB)

THESE CLUES MIGHT ALL SEEM LIKE RANDOM TASKS (James Bond through Austin Powers)

BUT YOU’LL ALL UNDERSTAND WHEN HE UNMASKS (Costner’s deceased father was catcher who appears at end of Field of Dreams)

SOME PANTS ARE REAL SHORT AND SOME GO TO THE ANKLE (some major league ballplayers have old fashioned pants to below knee; most to ankle)

WHATEVER YOU WEAR YOU WILL NEED TO CRANKLE (bend, twist at ground site of pin)

YOU MIGHT FIND THE GOLD PIN IN DAY OR NIGHT LIGHT (Ball fields lit at night)

YOUR HOUSE FROM THERE COULD BE WAY OUT OF SIGHT (Your “Home” again)

CHECK ALL THREE CLUE SETS AS YOU PROCEED THIS WEEK (Together this pair said “check-swing”; plus reference to combining clues as some of same themes appear in them as noted)

THE SWING SETS AT SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN WORTH A PEEK

 

FOURTH CLUE

LIKE NUGGETS OF GOLD, THESE CLUES DID PROVIDE 

THE GLIMMER OF RIGHT WHERE THE PIN DOES RESIDE (Pin mostly covered, just a glimmer showing)

 

THE FIFTY SPECIAL PINS MIGHT HAVE GIVEN KEY CLUES  

AT LEAST SOME GET FREE PIES OR SOME FOOD TO CHOOSE

 

EVEN BORING TIMES ARE NOT BEYOND MEASURE (refers to score)

BANKING THE GOLDEN PIN WILL BRING YOU MUCH PLEASURE (Bank)

 

THE PIN IS CERTAINLY IN A NEW LOCATION  

MANY SCOOP FOR GOLD IN THIS VOCATION (Scooping up groundballs)

 

DON’T BASE YOUR CHANCES ON PREVIOUS YEARS    (Baseball)

OR LET OTHERS’ CLAIMS CAUSE YOU GREAT FEARS

 

ALTHOUGH THEY ARE USED HERE, THEY REALLY AREN’T GOLDEN (Gloves)

CATCH PINS NOT CHILDREN UNLIKE HOLDEN (Catch(er) in the Rye)

 

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES STRUCK GOLD THAT WAS BLACK  (California is out west)

“HEADS UP!” WHEN YOU ALL HEAR A WOODEN CRACK (look up to MCB clock tower; crack of baseball bat)

 

IT DOESN’T EXPLODE EVEN AFTER A WIN,    (exploding scoreboard) 

BUT DON’T SLOW DOWN IN YOUR SEARCH FOR THE PIN

 

BRUCE WAS CONFOUNDED IN THE SIXTH SENSE (Six inning games for youngsters; Bruce Huber in MCB commercials on radio)

PICKING’S CRUCIAL BETWEEN WHICH FIELD OF THE FENCE (Left, right or center field)

 

GO THE DISTANCE IN MORTON AND EASE YOUR PAIN   (Field of Dreams quotes)

ASK AN USHER FOR HELP WHO WORKS FOR FRAIN (Baseball ushers)

 

NORMAL BANKING HOURS ARE NINE TO FIVE  (Bank and nine innings)

A WINNER IN THE BOTTOM MAY COME FROM A DIVE (dive into “home” plate)

 

NO NEED FOR A PERSON TO MANUALLY CHANGE NUMBERS (Old Scoreboard at Wrigley Field)

IF SOMEONE CONNECTS AFTER CHANGING LUMBERS  (Obvious baseball clue to “Home” run)   

 

WHEN MOWED GRASS MEETS UP WITH THICKENED TREES (MCB Scoreboard outside right field fence at Westwood is right by a grove; have to kneel to get pin off the ground)

IN A RIGHT KIND OF FIELD GET ON YOUR KNEES   (right field)

 

FDR WASN’T A FRIEND OF U.S. GOLD   (Franklin on money at Bank)

AFTER ALL THESE CLUES, YOU’VE NOW REACHED THE THRESHOLD

 

 

Clue #4 2016

LIKE NUGGETS OF GOLD, THESE CLUES DID PROVIDE 

THE GLIMMER OF RIGHT WHERE THE PIN DOES RESIDE

 

THE FIFTY SPECIAL PINS MIGHT HAVE GIVEN KEY CLUES  

AT LEAST SOME GET FREE PIES OR SOME FOOD TO CHOOSE

 

EVEN BORING TIMES ARE NOT BEYOND MEASURE  

BANKING THE GOLDEN PIN WILL BRING YOU MUCH PLEASURE

 

THE PIN IS CERTAINLY IN A NEW LOCATION  

MANY SCOOP FOR GOLD IN THIS VOCATION

 

DON’T BASE YOUR CHANCES ON PREVIOUS YEARS   

OR LET OTHERS’ CLAIMS CAUSE YOU GREAT FEARS

 

ALTHOUGH THEY ARE USED HERE, THEY REALLY AREN’T GOLDEN

CATCH PINS NOT CHILDREN UNLIKE HOLDEN

 

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES STRUCK GOLD THAT WAS BLACK 

“HEADS UP!” WHEN YOU ALL HEAR A WOODEN CRACK

 

IT DOESN’T EXPLODE EVEN AFTER A WIN,     

BUT DON’T SLOW DOWN IN YOUR SEARCH FOR THE PIN

 

BRUCE WAS CONFOUNDED IN THE SIXTH SENSE

PICKING’S CRUCIAL BETWEEN WHICH FIELD OF THE FENCE

 

GO THE DISTANCE IN MORTON AND EASE YOUR PAIN   

ASK AN USHER FOR HELP WHO WORKS FOR FRAIN

 

NORMAL BANKING HOURS ARE NINE TO FIVE 

A WINNER IN THE BOTTOM MAY COME FROM A DIVE

 

NO NEED FOR A PERSON TO MANUALLY CHANGE NUMBERS

IF SOMEONE CONNECTS AFTER CHANGING LUMBERS     

 

WHEN MOWED GRASS MEETS UP WITH THICKENED TREES

IN A RIGHT KIND OF FIELD GET ON YOUR KNEES  

 

FDR WASN’T A FRIEND OF U.S. GOLD  

AFTER ALL THESE CLUES, YOU’VE NOW REACHED THE THRESHOLD

 

Clue #3 2016

YOU’LL NEED TO READ THESE NEXT CLUES VERY CAREFULLY

WITH CLOSE ATTENTION, THEY WILL BE LESS THORNY

AS IN PAST YEARS, YOU’LL NEED TO BE SHERLOCK

THEN YOUR PIN-FINDING SKILLS NO ONE WILL KNOCK

MORTON HAS ONE PLACE HIGHER THAN THE REST

SPEND GOLD COINS AT A CRAFTY EXPANSION OF PUMPKIN FEST

TWO GOLDEN GLOVES HERE MAY WELL BE NEEDED

ONE IS AND THE OTHER ISN’T VERY WELL WEEDED

WHEN IS A CIRCLE KIND OF LIKE A SQUARE?

IN POKER, YOU DO WANT MORE THAN A PAIR

GILDED CLUES MIGHT LEAVE YOU CONFUSED

NOT SNARING THE PIN WILL LEAVE YOUR EGO BRUISED

DON’T CHOKE ON THE PRICE OF WARM GOLDEN RETRIEVERS

IF A MONKEY FINDS THE GOLDEN PUMPKIN, YOU’LL BE BELIEVERS

GARTH WAS A KEY COMPONENT OF THIS SPHERE

WILL THIS GOLDEN YEAR BRING HIM JOY NOT A TEAR?

THESE CLUES MIGHT ALL SEEM LIKE RANDOM TASKS

BUT YOU’LL ALL UNDERSTAND WHEN HE UNMASKS

SOME PANTS ARE REAL SHORT AND SOME GO TO THE ANKLE

WHATEVER YOU WEAR YOU WILL NEED TO CRANKLE

YOU MIGHT FIND THE GOLD PIN IN DAY OR NIGHT LIGHT

YOUR HOUSE FROM THERE COULD BE WAY OUT OF SIGHT

CHECK ALL THREE CLUE SETS AS YOU PROCEED THIS WEEK

THE SWING SETS AT SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN WORTH A PEEK

 

Clue #2 2016

THIS WEEKS CLUES WILL BE MORE MERCIFUL
PUMPKIN GROWER GANYARD DOES NOT USE A BULL

VADER’S VOICE CARRIED WAY PAST HIS DEATH
DON’T EVER STOP RUNNING TO CATCH YOUR BREATH

A MISPELLED STREET NAME COULD TELL YOU THE WRONG PLACE
ONE WITH NO NAME COULD PUT A FROWN ON YOUR FACE

THE NEW CASEY’S WAS BORN JUST IN TIME FOR ROAD WORK
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW AT WHICH SCHOOL OR PARK THE PIN’LL LURK

BUYING PUMPKINS FROM A CASHIER, YOU MAY SOMETIMES WAIT
CAESAR AND HUMANS FOUGHT ON THE GOLDEN GATE

SOME OF OUR CLUES MIGHT CAUSE YOU MUCH PAIN
LOOK DOWN ON MORTON FROM A CROP-DUSTING PLANE

AT FORT KNOX THEY HAVE MANY HIDDEN GOLD BARS
CLYDESDALES WILL AGAIN BE KIDDIE PARADE STARS

MORTON EXPERTS DO INQUIRE DAWN TO DUSK ONLY
PIN SEARCHERS, JOIN FORCES! YOU WILL NOT BE LONELY

FORD LOST ALL HIS GOLD IN SIERRA MADRE
MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS PUMPKIN PANCAKE DAY

GOLD IS 79 (AU) ON THE PERIODIC TABLE
GOLDEN AGE MOVIE BOSSES WERE BOGEY AND GABLE

BETWEEN EDWARD JONES AND PIZZA RANCH COULD IT LIE?
THE PRIZE PUMPKIN’S GOLD NOT ORANGE LIKE IN PIE

FIFTY IS HALF WAY FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED
YOU’LL BE FORTUNATE ON STAGE IF YOUR NAME IS READ

Clue #1 2016

OUR PUMPKIN FESTIVAL THIS YEAR IS FIFTY YEARS OLD   

PIN SEARCHERS NEED MORE SMARTS THAN FOR A TOMATO OR MARIGOLD

THE COLONEL’S FAVORITE IS COOKED GOLDEN BROWN 

EXTRA ANNIVERSARY PINS WILL DOT MORTON ALL OVER TOWN

WITH SO MANY EXTRA PINS, JUST GRAB TWO; DO NOT HOARD    

EVERY MORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL CLASS HAS A BLACKBOARD

FOR MOST OF YOUR TRIP A HALF DOLLAR WILL DO

STAY OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE PIN YOU MIGHT WOO 

YEARS AGO YOU WERE TO FIND THE UNOPENED LANE

A FEW LATER IT WAS ON TO THE PLACE THEY TREAT RAIN

ANOTHER YEAR YOU WERE TOLD TO GO STRAIGHT FOR THE RILL 

FOLLOWED BY BIKING OUT WEST UP A HILL  

REMEMBER LAST YEAR’S SPOT UNDER RED WHITE AND BLUE

AND THE ONE BEFORE THAT AT A PARK NAMED HORSESHOE  

YOU COULD ALWAYS SEE ONE OF THESE WHEN YOU LOOK 

EXCEPT WHEN THE PIN WAS BEHIND A GEOGRAPHY BOOK   

MAINLY YOU’LL START WITH ARTISTS TO FIND THE PLUM

OLD SEASONING SUGGESTION: HOPE A BUM’S NOT GLUM 

FOR JEFF’S WAY OVER 50, A NEW PLACE TO CALL HOME     

MISUNDERSTANDING OF CLUES WILL FORCE YOU TO ROAM

DO REFRAIN FROM DIGGING UNTIL YOU ARE RED

OR MAYBE SEARCH A TENT AREA WHERE YOU’LL BE FED 

YOUR SEARCH WILL TERMINATE DURING PUMPKIN CANNING TIME

MORE HELPFUL CLUES NEXT WEEK, BUT STILL IN RHYME

 

Teaser Clue 2016

ALL THAT GLITTERS WILL NOT BE GOLD,

BUT THE PUMPKIN PIN SURELY CAN BE FOUND,

IF YOU READ THE CLUES AND DO AS YOU’RE TOLD,

ONLY LOOKING ON PUBLICLY OWNED GROUND.

THERE ARE MANY AREAS OF MORTON AROUND

THAT ALLOW FOR A DEEP THOROUGH SEARCH.

SCHOOLS AND PARKS IN MORTON ABOUND,

MANY VIEWABLE FROM A DISTANT PERCH.

FEET RUN OUT EAST, NOT THRASHING WITH BIRCH,

FINDING THAT GOLDEN PUMPKIN PIN.

CLUES WON’T EASE NOR LEAVE IN A LURCH;

THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS YOU COULD POSSIBLY WIN.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND ALL WHO SEEK,

THE CLUES WILL BEGIN AND COME EACH WEEK!