Morton Pumpkin Festival

The perfect fall festival for any pumpkin lover in the Pumpkin Capital of the World! This four-day festival is packed with events like the Pumpkin Boxcar Derby, the Pumpkin Princess pageant and Pumpkin Classic 10K.

Insider tip: Three words: Pumpkin. Pancake. Breakfast. Get there early! More tips for the 2021 Festival are coming soon.

The 2021 Morton Pumpkin Festival - Pumpkins, Tailgates, & Traditions

We're so excited to honor fall traditions at the 55th Pumpkin Festival: Pumpkins, Tailgates, & Traditions. The official dates for Pumpkins, Tailgates, & Traditions are Wednesday, September 15 - Saturday, September 18. Head over to the Morton Pumpkin Festival's website for more info about the festival!

The festival will be following local, state and federal guidelines to ensure the safety of our community and guests. Please be respectful of other individuals and families and please follow the guidelines that are listed for the event to make a fun and safe experience for everyone involved. 

2021 Schedule of Events

Friday, August 7

4 pm – 7 pm- Libby’s Pumpkin Recipe Challenge (Potter’s Alley)

4 pm – 7 pm- Chili Cook Off (Potter’s Alley)

Friday, September 10
6 pm- Pumpkin Tennis Open (Joal Stanfield Tennis Complex)
Saturday, September 11

8 am – 1 pm- Pumpkin Store (Chamber Office, 415 W. Jefferson St.)

10:30 am- Pumpkin Pedal (Better Banks)

12 pm – 7 pm- BBQ & Bags (Kennel Lake Sportsmen’s Club)

12 pm-Boat Races (Kennel Lake Sportsmen’s Club)

Sunday, September 12

8 am – 11 am- Fishing Derby (Kennel Lake Sportsmen’s Club)

8 am- Pumpkin Pickleball Tournament (Birchwood Park)

5 pm – 7pm- Recipe Challenge Winners Tasting (Eli’s Coffee Shop)

Monday, September 13

10 am – 7 pm- Pumpkin Store (Chamber Office, 415 W. Jefferson St.)

Tuesday, September 14

10 am – 1 pm- Pumpkin Store (Chamber Office, 415 W. Jefferson St.)

4 pm – 5:30 pm- Pumpkin Weigh Off (Corner of First and Jefferson)

6  pm – 7:30 pm- Big Wheel Race (Washington Street)

Wednesday, September 15

4  pm – 8 pm- Pumpkin Store (Festival Grounds – Merchandise Tent)

5 pm- Opening Ceremony (Gold’s Entertainment Stage)

6:30 pm- LIBBY’s Pumpkin Recipe Challenge Winner 

6:30 pm- Pumpkin Princess Pageant 

Thursday, September 16

3 pm – 8 pm- Pumpkin Store (Festival Grounds – Merchandise Tent)

11 am – 7 pm- Pumpkin Drive Thru (Former Sam Leman Lot, 161 Detroit Ave)

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm- Kiddie Parade (Main Street)

Friday, September 17

11 am – 9 pm- Pumpkin Store (Festival Grounds – Merchandise Tent)

11 am – 7 pm- Pumpkin Drive Thru (Former Sam Leman Lot, 161 Detroit Ave)

3 pm – 7pm- Pop Up Market (Township lot – 300 W Jefferson)

3:30 pm – dusk Art & Craft Market (Grace Church)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm- Pumpkin Idol Jr.

Saturday, September 18

6:30 am – 10:30 am- Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast  (Jefferson Elementary)

7 am- Pumpkin Classic Run/Walk

8am – 6 pm- Pop Up Market (Township lot – 300 W Jefferson)

8 am – 6 pm- Art & Craft Market (Grace Church)

8 am – 8 pm- Pumpkin Store (Festival Grounds – Merchandise Tent)

10:30 am – 2:30 pm- Parade 

11 am – 7 pm- Pumpkin Drive Thru (Former Sam Leman Lot, 161 Detroit Ave)

 

2021 Morton Pumpkin Festival

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