Pumpkin Pin Search

Prize:  $300 in Chamber Checks

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 families look forward to this long-standing tradition each year.

Grand Prize: $100 in Chamber Checks
#1 – #20 Pin Prize: $20 in Chamber Checks

The kick-off to Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz is the Great Pumpkin Pin Search. This year, we are going bigger by hiding 20 more pins for 2020!

This treasure hunt for the Festival Pins will begin the countdown to the Opening Ceremony. Generations of Morton families 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.

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9/21/2020 Update: All Pins appear to have been found, but not all have been turned in.

Beginning six weeks prior to Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz, thought-providing, clever clues to the whereabouts of the Pumpkin Pins will be released. The clues will be posted weekly on this site, our Facebook page, and on the door of the Morton Chamber of Commerce office (located at 415 W. Jefferson).

The 2020 Great Pumpkin Pin Search Clues will be released on the following Fridays at 5 pm:
Clue #1: August 7
Clue #2: August 14
Clue #3: August 21
Clue #4: August 28
Clue #5: September 4
Clue #6: September 11

Every week, some of the 20 pins will be specifically referenced in the clues. All clues will reference the Grand Prize Pin.

Whenever someone finds a Pumpkin Pin, they must contact the Morton Chamber of Commerce for verification. Once a Pin is found, an announcement will be posted on the Festival’s website, Facebook page, and on the door of the Chamber office. Until an announcement is made by the Chamber, searchers are encouraged to maintain their search and not be swayed by others who claim to have found a Pin.

Pins will be hidden in a non-dangerous location on PUBLIC property (it will not be hidden on private property). Pins can be anywhere outdoors in the vicinity of Morton. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to search for the Pins. If a searcher has already found a Pin, they may continue to search. Those that find the 20 numbered Pins will receive $20 in Chamber Checks. The person(s) who finds the Grand Prize Pin will receive $100 in Chamber Checks. Checks will be presented to the winners upon their verification of their find.

The following Pins have not been turned in: #1, #6, #7, #8, #10, #14, #15
The following Pins have already been found: Grand Prize (JFL), #2 (Southwood Park), #3 (Library), #4 Idlewood Park), #5 (Northwoods), #9 (Birchwood Park), #11 (Monarch Park), #12 (Monarch Park), #13 (Post Office), #16 (HS Stadium), #17 (Oakwood), #18 (near old Peppermill), #19 (McClellan Park), #20 (Jefferson Elementary)

2020 Clues & Solver

THE MAIN PIN WAS FOUND ON THE GROUND AT THE LEFT GOAL POST AT THE FAR SOUTHEAST PART OF THE JFL FOOTBALL FIELDS.  A NUMBER OF THE TWENTY “TWENTY DOLLAR” PINS WERE NOT CLAIMED. THIS ANNOTATED CLUE COVERS THE MAIN PIN AND THE CLAIMED TWENTY DOLLAR PINS. BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF REFERENCING LOCATIONS OF UNCLAIMED PINS FROM THIS YEAR, AS CLUES NEXT YEAR, NO OTHER ANNOTATIONS OR LOCATIONS ARE BEING PROVIDED AT THIS TIME.

 

TEASER

THIS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL WILL NOT BE LIKE PREVIOUS YEARS

DO NOT FRET PIN SEEKERS; DO NOT SHED ANY TEARS

THE JAZZ AGE PIN SEARCH WILL GO ON IN ANY CASE

EVEN THOUGH SOCIAL DISTANCING STILL REMAINS IN PLACE

BEFORE, FOUR CLUE SETS DIRECTED TO THE MAIN PIN ONE SEEKS (DIRECTED = POINTED)

NOW, THAT ONE PLUS TWENTY MORE, THE SEARCH LASTING SIX WEEKS (SIX POINTS FOR A TOUCHDOWN)

THOSE NEW ADDITIONS WILL BE WORTH MORE THAN JUST PRIDE

YES WITH EASY ACCESS AND ALL OUTSIDE (FOOTBALL OUTSIDE)

CHECK YOUR PHONE OR COMPUTER SCREEN YOU MUST (KARIM “YODA” WAS A FOOTBALL PLAYER)

THE 20S WILL START ROARING THE SEVENTH OF AUGUST (21 AND 7 ARE FOOTBALL SCORES; PRACTICE IS USUALY BEGINNING IN EARNEST IN AUGUST)

 

FIRST CLUE

HERE’S HOW THE PIN SEARCH GOES FORWARD IN 2020 (Forward pass)

NOW SIX WEEKS OF CLUES FOR PINS A PLENTY (six points for a touchdown)

THOSE WOULD INCLUDE THIS YEAR’S EXTRA TWENTY (extra as in point)

SO THIS YEAR WE GET AN EARLY START
BUT TRY YOUR BEST TO STAY SIX FEET APART (six again)

ONCE THE PIN WAS ON THE PATH PAST THE OLD KMART (Last pin claimed was on bike path)

GO A DECADE OR MORE DEEP IN CLUE SOLVING PROWESS (deep pass)

YOUR GOAL IS TO MAKE MORE OUT OF LESS (goal as in goal post)

THINK THROUGH THE PATTERN; DO NOT JUST GUESS (pass pattern run by receiver)

OFTEN INSIDE PARKS, ONE WITH A NEW NAME (pins found in Northwoods by creek; Oakwood Park by dog area; Monarch Park f/k/a Horseshoe Park)

COUPLE UP NORTH BUT NOT THE SAME (Northwoods; Oakwood))

THREE INVOLVED WATER; TWO SOME FLAME (creek; behind water works building in Birchwood Park; pin found in Soccer Field park across from future fire station sign on Jackson; and Oakwood Park fire enclosures and three touchdowns with extra points equals 21, number of clue lines in initial clue; three points for a field goal)

OUR FIRST YEAR KIND OF SMELLY AND SOUTH OF WEST

BIT NORTH UNDER A BOARD SHOWING WHO’S THE BEST

AN INSIDE JOB CAUSED COMPLAINTS TILL THE NEXT PUMPKIN FEST

ANOTHER TIME TREES DIED CLOSE TO A FLAG (POST post office – post pattern for type of receiver route football pass AND GOAL POST)

DID LAST YEAR’S TAPE REALLY FAIL?; IF SO, WHAT A DRAG ….

THE FIFTH CLUE PLANNED FROM THE START OR DID A MOWER DESTROY THE BAG? (mower to cut football field grass)

BUT ALL SIX WEEKS CLUES STILL POINT TOWARDS THE MAIN PIN (point)

THERE IS NO LIMIT ON HOW MANY ONE MAY WIN
NOR ANY CONDITION YOU MUST BUY PUMPKIN (QB pumps before throwing a pass)

 

SECOND CLUE

IT HAS BEEN ONE HUNDRED YEARS SINCE THE ROARING TWENTIES DID START (100 yards in football field)

IF YOU’VE WAITED TILL WEEK TWO, OUT YOU SHOULD DART (two 20 yard lines on a football field)

JAZZ MAN GEORGE “HANDY” HENDLEMAN WAS BORN IN 1920 (NFL founder and Bears owner/coach started pro football in 1920 – our annual skipping letter clue)

PINTEREST ALSO REFERENCES GEORGE HANDY POTTERY

BRAND NEW, THANKS WE CAN PARADE ON PAST DOUG SHULL

BE AWARDED PUMPKIN PIE AND WAVE TO OUR MARSHALL (At an NFL game on Thanksgiving a few years ago, TV crew awarded player Brandon Marshall the pumpkin pie award for being game MVP)

THE 1920 OLYMPICS WAS THE FIRST WITH FIVE RINGS (ties into sporting)

BEGAN THE INITIAL DECADE IN WHICH LOUIS ARMSTRONG SINGS

WOULDN’T TAKE THE REFERENCED PATH JUST IN PART; GO WEST ALL THE WAY (bike path)

MAINTAIN (DON’T DUMP) YOUR SEARCHES WHERE BALL PLAYERS PLAY (Park fields)

COULD NOT BE INSIDE THE LIBRARY THIS TIME ANY HOW

BUT COULD BE WITHIN EARSHOT OF A BOW WOW (Dog Park)

DUCKS CROSSING THE ROAD OR WORKING THE WATER (Public Works on Detroit)

A PRINCESS IS A KING AND QUEEN’S DAUGHTER (Monarch Park)

CONSTRUCT A NEW BRIDGE OR A FIRE STATION (they are building new bridge over the rill in Northwoods Park; new fire station sign)

DON’T MAIL IN YOUR EFFORT FOR OUR GREAT NATION (post office FLAG post AGAIN)

THE STOCK MARKET HAS ONE TO OPEN AND CLOSE

LIKE PIN SEEKERS, WE MEASURE THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS

 

THIRD CLUE

WHEN THESE THIRD CLUES LEFT OUR HANDS, HALF THE TWENTY WERE FOUND (two halves in football)

SO FROM NOW ON, YOU WON’T BE GIVEN A RUN AROUND (run with football)

THE 1920S BEGAN WITH RECOVERY FROM FLU

HOPE WE’RE NOT DEALING WITH IT NEXT YEAR TOO

TRACKS AND STACKS WERE KEYS TO A PUMPKIN SPLASH (HS football around track)

PRIOR CHRISTMAS INACTIVITY LED TO A BIG BIN OF CASH

WE’VE HAD PUMPKINS ACROSS AMERICA AND HIPPIE CLUES

N’ORLEANS THEME MINUS E PROVIDES GROUNDS YOU SHOULD CHOOSE

POINTING THE WAY, A PATH OR A PRESIDENT? (1920s began with Wilson as President; Wilson footballs are used in NFL games; Lincoln School on Nebraska on way to JFL fields)

AN EYE COLOR THE DIRECTION YOU SHOULD BE SENT? (Hazelwood is near Southwood Park and JFL fields)

CARIBBEAN, IRISH AND GERMAN COOKING EACH HAD THEIR YEAR (Caribbean year was post office year and one found by old German Peppermill restaurant)

GOLDEN PUMPKINS AND SMORES MADE THEIR LOCATIONS CLEAR

HOGGING THE PINS MIGHT NET YOU SOME DOUGH (Morton HOGS for JFL)

HITTING THE SPOT A SECOND LATE WILL MAKE YOU EAT CROW (Hitting equals tackling)

PUMPKINS OF THE WEST COULD DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE (Bike path)

BUT HEMINGWAY IN 1926 ILLUMINATED THE TREASURE (The Sun Also Rises — in the East on eastern most goal post at JFL fields)

JAZZ IT UP ALL OVER THE PLACE IF YOU DARE

LOOK DOWN AT THE SPOTS BUT PLEASE BEWARE (from booth to field)

 

FOURTH CLUE

MAKE SURE YOU TURN IN EACH NEW FOUND PIN (turn in PASS PLAY)

THIS WILL TRIM DOWN THE CLUES, MAKING IT EASIER TO WIN (downs IN FOOTBALL)

CLINT WAS BORN ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF 1929-30 (Bike path is west opposite of Eastwood)

ARNOLD WON MR. UNIVERSE WHEN HE WAS JUST 20 (eating European food like from Peppermill)

PUMPKIN SEEDS HAVE BEEN USED IN MANY WAYS (they were used to make footballs in the 1920s)

ESPECIALLY IN THE JAZZ-SWINGING TWENTIES DAYS

AT LEAST IN 1920 LADIES GOT THE RIGHT TO CAST VOTES (but not to play football)

AND JELLY ROLL MORTON REALLY HIT ALL THE NOTES (hit again = tackle)

HOLMES NEVER SAID ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON; 1927 WAS HIS LAST

BRUCE CAME UP JUST SHORT ONETIME IN HIS PAST (Willis in Whole Nine yards; NEED 10 FOR FIRST DOWN)

A TREY CAN QUICKLY CUT A LEAD FOR A TEAM GIVING CHASE

AND SAFELY BRING YOU RIGHT BACK TO HOME BASE (SOUTH PARK’s TREY PARKER starred in BASKET BALL movie)

 

FIFTH CLUE

DON’T LET ANYONE PULL YOUR CHAIN (they move the chains for a first down in football)

TELLING YOU THEY FOUND IT, COSTING YOU GAIN (gain yardage in football)

PUMPKINS COULD BE FRUITFUL IN A FIRE STATION’S FRONT YARD (yardage in football)

THE PEPPERMILL SPOT GIVES A SIGN THAT’S NOT HARD

AN AUTO DEALERSHIP AND A LAST DANCE

ORGANIZED THOUGHTS GIVE YOU YOUR BEST CHANCE (NFL organized at Jordan Car Dealership Canton, Ohio) 

PUMPKINS LIKE SPORTS BALLS ARE MORE THAN ONE COLOR (football)

THE HALLWAY WAS FIRST TIME OPENED FOR JACKIE AND FELLER (Baseball Hall of Fame Jackie Robinson and Bob Feller first ballot choices, tying to previous clues on Football HoF in Canton) 

NOT MANY U.S. SOCCER FIELDS IN THE 1920S; ENTER AND LOOK RIGHT

THE FRONT OF THE LIBRARY HAD A PIN IN PLAIN SITE

KENTUCKY ENCYCLOPEDIA SAYS PUMPKINS ARE A KIND TO EAT

WILL NEXT PAGE BE WRITTEN IN THE COLD OR THE HEAT (food precedes football in book; will college football games start in fall or spring) 

BY JEFF’S PLAYGROUND SHOULD BE GIVEN A CRACK

THE SCORE IS ON THE FRONT, BUT THE WIN IS OUT BACK

PARK MAINTENANCE IS OUT NEAR WESTWOOD PARK

IT’S NOT EASY TO PREVAIL AFTER DARK (to play football in dark)

CALL MOM DURING COVID BY CELL TO CHECK ON HER

DON’T HIDE YOUR FEELINGS; LET EVERYONE KNOW FOR SURE (players who have scored TDs and pulling cell phones up from next to goal post where they hid them to call mom on TV) 

THESE RHYMES SHOULDN’T BE LIKE A PUMPKIN RIND

IF CLAIMED ALL PINS ARE NOT, FINAL CLUES YOU WILL FIND (Karim “Yoda” a football player)

 

SIXTH CLUE

MANY PINS ARE STILL OUT THERE, GONE OR NOT CLAIMED YET

A FOR SALE SIGN JUST MADE SOMEONE NOT FRET (pin found by Peppermill site) 

PULLING INTO THE SOCCER FIELDS OFF TENNESSEE

A PIN MAY STILL BE THERE, RIGHT IN A TREE

BUSHES AT THE FIRE STATION AND LIBRARY; THEIR SPOTS REVEALED

WESTWOOD PARK BASEBALL WAY OUT PAST RIGHT FIELD

MAINTAIN IN THAT AREA, BY THE DUMPSTER ON THE GROUND

CARNIVAL PLAY AREA S.E. OF WHERE THE HEAVIEST PUMPKINS ABOUND

BIKING FROM OAK LAWN, FROM HILLY TURN TO WHERE WEST MEETS EAST (Bike path)

THOSE TWO PINS STILL NOT TURNED IN, IF THEYV’E BEEN FOUND AT LEAST

THE REAL GREAT PUMPKIN HELPED KILL A GIANT (Oregon coach nickname – his team beat a number one team in country) 

ALL OF THE CLUES NOW MAKE YOUR SEARCH PLIANT

DON’T GET A PENALTY FOR DELAY OF GAME (penalty in football)
MORTON HIGH SCHOOLERS REMEMBER FROM WHERE THEY CAME (from the JFL fields)

HIGH WIRE ACT, DOES IT SHOW YOU THE WAY (electric wires at Southwood Park) 

TACKLE THESE REMAINING CLUES, EVEN IF YOU DON’T PLAY (tackle)

A PUMPKIN LIKE WHAT’S USED HERE IS AN ODD SHAPE (like a football)

NOT JUST BATMAN AND SUPERMAN WILL WEAR A CAPE (on cold days football players wear capes) 

ONCE A HOG ALWAYS A HOG –  YES INDEED (JFL slogan at fields)

SHAPE OF WATER CHEMICALLY MINUS O IS A CLUE TO HEED (H 2 0 minus leaves O leaves 2 Hs shape of two goal posts) 

LIKE THE CLUES, THERE ARE SIX OF THEM, HEAD FAR SOUTHEAST (go to southeast goal post) 

DON’T PULL YOUR FIELD GOAL TOO LEFT,  AND SEARCHING WILL HAVE CEASED (left goal post location of pin)

THE BACKS OF 1-20 HAVE LETTERS ON THEM TOO

UMJUMBLING THEM NOW WILL REVEAL A DIRECT CLUE

ONES CLAIMED (J O S P L S S O N F I) BY ORDER OF NUMBER OF PIN

L G I T A P P O T NOT YET FOUND OR JUST NOT TURNED IN

(unjumbled letters spelled out “pin spot is JFL goal post”)

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