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Pumpkin Pin Search

Pumpkin Pin Search

Prize:  $300 in Chamber Checks
Clues Released:  August 16, August 23, August 30, September 6

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 Festival’s Opening Ceremony. Generations of Mortonites look forward to this long-standing tradition each year.

Four clues will be released (one new clue every Friday for four weeks in a row) unless the Pin is found prior to the next clue. Clues will be released on the following Fridays at 5 pm: August 16, August 23, August 30, September 6. The clues will be posted here on our website, on our Facebook page, and on the door of the Morton Chamber of Commerce office.

The searcher who finds the Pumpkin 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 Pin will be hidden in a non-dangerous location on PUBLIC property (it will not be hidden on private property). The Pin could be anywhere, indoors or outdoors, in the vicinity of Morton. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to search for the Pin.

Once the Pumpkin Pin is found, an announcement will be posted on the door of the Chamber office, on this website, and on the Morton Pumpkin Festival’s Facebook page. Until then, contestants are encouraged to maintain their search and not be swayed by others who claim to have found the Pumpkin Pin.

Whoever finds the Pin must contact the Morton Chamber of Commerce office for verification. The person(s) who finds the Pumpkin Pin will be presented with $300 in Chamber Checks on the Pumpkin Festival stage on Wednesday night, September 11.

2019 Clues & Solver

RACE TO THE PIN:

As shown in the initial parts of the now-published Annotated Clue, the penultimate location for the pin was the bell at the high school. Great job for those who got that far.  Since we said in the TEASER clue,  48 of 58 would get you near and “in about five weeks,” it’s on to the Fifth Clue:

 

TWO SIGNS “US 150 WEST” AND DUO MONTGOMERY GENTRY

K EEP BOTH YOUR EYES O PEN FOR THE PIN LIKE A SENTRY

DUCT TAPE WAS FOUND NEAR THE BELL; THE PIN THOUGH WAS “GONE”

HOW DID TROY TELL US HIS GIRL LEFT IN THAT SONG?

 

2019 Teaser:

CALLING ALL IRISH OR FOLKS WITH GOOD LUCK

OR THOSE WHO JUST WANT TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK

PUMPKIN PATCHES AND A LOCAL CLOVER FIELD

IN ABOUT FIVE WEEKS, OUR FIRST PUMPKIN PIN CLUES WILL BE REVEALED

LIKE A FOUR LEAF CLOVER, THE PIN WILL BE HARD TO DISCOVER

SEARCH ALL OF MORTON’S LAND AND TRY TO UNCOVER

48 OF 58 WILL GET YOU NEAR

ENTER THE CONTEST WITHOUT ANY PAST FEAR

Very first word “Calling” refers to telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell. “Uncover” and “enter” refer to going under and inside the bell. Stephen King’s 48th of 58 works was “Under the Dome.” In the TV show, a red door was the passage from under the dome to the outside world. A  house with a red front door is on Jackson Street directly across from the bell.

Clue #1: 

OUR THEME IS LUCK O THE PUMPKINS FOR 2019
DECIPHER IRISH AND GREEN CLUES TO SEE WHAT WE MEAN

THIS COMPANY IS THE IRISH OLYMPIC TEAM’S PARTNER FOR FUELS (2 Circle Ks on Jackson)
STAY OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY; YOU KNOW THE RULES

YOU WON’T FIND IT THIS YEAR IN FRONT OF A FIELD (Littlefield (and Lovell) Orthodontics Office had been in the building right across from the bell – although Kevin is retired and not to be found there – football field near the bell
NOR WILL YOU HAVE TO BE DIGGING OR KNEELED (Pin up inside bell so no need to kneel or dig) 


PLEASE GET OFF YOUR IRISH DUFF, YOU CAN’T LONG WAIT
DON’T FREEZE, PUT ON A SWEATER, SO YOU CAN GOLF STRAIGHT (Building across from the bell houses the Morton Youth Symphony office; Irish Youth Symphony Board Members are Duff, Long (also long-time Morton dentist tie into Dr. Ramson Dental Office in same building), Ian (“IAN FREEZE” from Jurassic Park; he didn’t), a Mr. Rogers (sweater) and Palmer (golf)),

YEARS AGO WE TOLD YOU GO TO A PARK’S RILL
COULD THAT ADVICE THIS YEAR BE GOOD STILL (Rill = brook; “Brooke” Hair Stylist just up from bell on Jackson)

SHERLOCK WILL AID YOU TO PIN DOWN THE PLACE (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by and patterned Holmes after one of his professors, Dr. Joseph Bell)
SHAMROCKS AND IRISH CRYSTAL WILL HELP WIN THE RACE (Shamrocks and crystal are two Irish League football teams tie to football field; race is for the track around the field) 

EDDIE ALONE STILL MAKES A GREAT SOUND (Montgomery still touring despite Gentry’s untimely death)
YOU IN AN INNERTUBE, A BUNCH OF CLUES ABOUND (On Youtube, their “My Town” official video twice shows West US 150 signs in Perryville, KY that if followed would of course run right past the bell; Troy Gentry’s red guitar and Eddie Montgomery’s red boots and school prominent in video; Morton High School colors and red school doors.)

KILKENNY IS FAMOUS FOR POTTERY TOO
IRISH PUMPKIN PIE IS LIKE CHEESECAKE, WHO KNEW?

JEAN CAN MAKE 13 STILL HAVE A  GREAT CHANCE (Jeanette Kidd has a famous beauty shop in Northern Ireland at 13 Antrim Street; 13 first mention of Apollo 13 with Lovell on board) 
EVEN A SMALL CHILD ON THE PUMPKIN STAGE CAN DANCE (Former Jr. High teacher Mr. Kidd is usually on southside of Jackson (like the bell) somewhat between High and Junior High Schools before school starts) 

DO NOT PULL YOUR HAIR OUT OR WHINE IT’S TOO TOUGH (Bald for no hair left plus vin for wine = Baldovin the company involved in turning old funeral home location into new Lovell Orthodontics building) 
YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN GIVEN MUCH MORE THAN ENOUGH  

Clue #2:

WHEN YOU ONLY POKE YOUR HEAD OUT FOR THE SECOND SET OF CLUES (Turtles from Teenage (high-school age) Mutant Ninja Turtles)
YOU BETTER CUT TO THE CHASE OR Y0U WILL LOSE (Famous scene where bad guy says “Finish me”; they cut his ponytail and the rope which allows a huge bell to fall over him – when he yells they bang the bell and shout his name and then note that his “name rings a bell”)

IN A PAST YEAR, THE PIN WAS ON A PATH FOR BIKES
ANOTHER TIME WHERE THEY CALL THE BALLS AND STRIKES (Call reference to phone again; there was brief picketing at the new Lovell building during construction)

WILL THE CABBAGE AND CORNED BEEF HAVE PUMPKIN IN IT?
COULD THE PIN BE BY WHERE YOUR PARADE CHAIRS WILL SIT?

HOW WOULD ONE GET TO THE CRUMLIN BOWLING CLUB?
AND STILL MAKE A STOP FOR SOME PUMPKIN IRISH GRUB (In Ireland to do this you take the 150 bus) 

VIRGINIA IRELAND CLAIMS TO HAVE THE ONLY PUMPKIN FEST THERE
BUT COMPARING LAST TEN YEARS, WE’VE HAD MANY MORE AT OUR FAIR (In 2009, at the Virgina Ireland Pumpkin Fair they had a flyover by a Bell X-1 aircraft)

LARRY HAS GIVEN US ONE FUNNY NAME (Author by that name published Bertha (as in Frank) Vernation)
BLAMING BAD IRISH LUCK? HAVE YOU NO SHAME?

PLEASE SHIELD YOUR EARS TO “I KNOW WHERE IT IS” (You use your ear when on phone) 
JUST KEEP ON SEARCHING, NO NEED FOR AN IRISH KISS

SERIOUS ACTORS TRY THEIR HANDS AT KINDA BAD COMEDY  (Arnold starred in Jingle All The Way = bell)
IF YOU FIND IT IN THE WEST, BRING IT IN QUICKLY (Movie co-star was actor from old Wild Wild West TV show) 

GREEN IS THE COLOR OF YOUR IRISH PICKLE
IN WHICH AFTER 38 LINES YOU FIND YOURSELF FICKLE (Clue sets reduced from 10 to 9)

Clue #3:

THIS THIRD SET OF CLUES WITH ONE AND TWO SHOULD BE FUSED (Third Street intersection with…) 
DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER HE’LL EVEN BE USED (Jackson on the $20)

CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS SEE MANY A PRIME SPOT (They run right past the bell in practice) 
CYCLISTS KNOW MORTON’S MORE THAN A MAP DOT

THE BUZZING OF WIRES ON ONE END OF TOWN (Hair place again)
MAY OR MAY NOT HELP YOU TRACK THE PIN DOWN (Track at football field)

WILL THERE BE PUMPKIN IN THE NEW SCONES?
EXCHANGE ALL IDEAS ON YOUR CELL PHONES (Phones invented by Bell; they can ring like bells)

OUR FIRST YEAR WE SAID INACTIVE WOULD NOT BE YOUR STATES (Illinois and Jackson, the bell’s location) 
MAYBE THIS YEAR ONE OF THEM AWAITS

JOHN MCCLANE WAS IRISH; YIPPE KI YAH
MEANING SO WAS HIS SON ON A GOOD DAY (In A Good Day to Die Hard, the son’s name is Jack = Jackson) 

A WAGON FULL OF PUMPKINS WEIGHS 8617010 OUNCES (Grave number for Frank (as in Bertha) pumpkin; his wife’s middle name was Tadpole) 
A TAD MORE IS OK EVEN IF IT BOUNCES

INVEST YOUR TIME WISELY BREAKING DOWN THE MYSTERY (Investment place right on Jackson in vicinity)
HELP FROM GRANDPA MAY PROVIDE SOME HISTORY (Morton High School Class of 1950s era gave the bell to the high school) 

CLUE SETS NOW HAVE GONE DOWN IN NUMBER 10-9-8 – LIKE A COUNTDOWN TO ADD TO OTHER LOVELL CLUES

Clue #4

NOW WITH THIS FOURTH SET OF CLUES, MASSAGE THEM JUST RIGHT (Massage place in building right across from bell) 
THE PIN’S A BLOCK AWAY BUT HIDDEN FROM SIGHT (inside bell)

COUNSELING WILL BE PROVIDED IF YOU DON’T FIND IT THIS YEAR (so is counseling place right across)
ESPECIALLY IF OUR TEASER CLUE DREW YOU QUITE NEAR

TO LOCATE THE PIN, YOU HAVE TO GRIN AND THEN LOVE
OR BECOME AS ASTRONAUT IF PUSH COMES TO SHOVE (Dentist and orthodontis clues)

MANY DON’T THINK WE NEED THEM NOW IN OUR STATE (Townships. Bell given by Morton Township High School Class)
RESERVE A  PARKING SPACE; DON’T WAIT (Closest parking spaces on Illinois are marked reserved)

GREEN, RED AND GREY HAVE BEEN COLORS OF OUR TEAMS 
IN MAY, THERE IS TOILET PAPER HANGING IN REAMS (Bell area always gets toilet papered)

HOPE THERE ARE NO CRACKS IN A PRINCIPAL ROAD (Crack in Liberty Bell; cracker as in Graham see below; principal at high school; Jackson main road) 
RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE PIN IS A RED-DOORED ABODE (back to teaser)

IF THE PIN COULD TALK TO US OUT OF THE BLUE
IT’D SAY MR. WATSON COME I WANT TO SEE YOU (first words spoken over telephone by Alexander Graham Bell)

RED MORTON FLOWERS ACROSS FROM AND USED TO LOOK UP AT IT (same red-doored house has red flowers; flower bed beneath bell had them but now gone)
REACH INSIDE QUACKING, MANY HANDS WILL FIT (pin package wrapped in duct tape attached inside the bell)

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