The Morton Pumpkin Festival features one of the best carnivals you will find anywhere, courtesy of Big M Amusements, the carnival and midway provider for this event for over 40 years! Big M brings a wide variety of rides, games, and classic carnival concessions to satisfy both the young and young at heart.  There are thrill rides for the more adventurous souls and milder versions for younger children.

Along the midway, you will find carnival games with lots of prizes and iconic festival treats like elephant ears, funnel cakes, corn dogs, and lemon shake-ups.

The Morton Pumpkin Festival carnival is one of the key attractions for many of the thousands of families who come back year after year. 

2019 Details

The dates of the 2019 carnival are Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 14

Carnival Tickets
Carnival tickets are $27 for a strip of 10 or $3 each and can be found at ticket booths located throughout the midway.  Ticket booths will accept both cash and credit cards. Carnival rides will be 1 or 2 tickets each, depending on the size of the ride.

Advance Discounted Tickets for Wednesday and Thursday
A strip of 10 tickets can be purchased for $22 from Tuesday, September 3 – Tuesday, September 10 at the Chamber of Commerce, Blain’s Farm and Fleet, Grimm’s Inc., Eli’s Coffee Shop, Leaves N Beans, and Krogers.  These tickets are good at their full value on Wednesday and Thursday and may be used at half their value on Friday and Saturday (Example:  it will cost you 2 advance tickets for a ride that costs 1 ticket on Friday and Saturday).

Purchase a wristband and ride as many rides as you would like to on Friday, September 13 from 3 to 6 pm.  Advance sale wristbands are $20 and are available for purchase at all advance ticket sales locations and times. Wristbands are $25 at ticket booths on the carnival midway.

2020 Details

(As of July 7, 2020)
According to the Restore Illinois Plan, festivals are not allowed to take place until we enter Phase 5.  The state of Illinois is currently in Phase 4, which allows for gatherings of 50 or less. Therefore, due to these state and local safety guidelines and permits not currently being issued, the carnival will not take place this year.

Statement from Department of Labor, Amusements Division:
 “The Department is not inspecting Amusement Attractions due to the Governor’s guidelines for essential travel only.  This service can be provided if the specific attraction is approved to operate by DCEO. Currently, under Phase 3 and 4 no carnivals will be allowed to operate.”