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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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!