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! Check out our FAQs blog from our friends at the Morton Pumpkin Festival to learn more about the 2020 Festival -- And All That Jazz!

The 2020 Morton Pumpkin Festival - Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz

While the 2020 Morton Pumpkin Festival will be a little different than in past years, we're all still 'jazzed' to attend the reimagined 54th Pumpkin Festival, Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz. The official dates for Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz are Wednesday, September 16 - Saturday, September 19. Modified events and programs will begin in early August launching with the Great Pumpkin Pin Search on August 7 and ending with the new Closing Ceremony on the evening of Saturday, September 19. Head over to the Morton Pumpkin Festival's website for more info! 

The events have been reimagined using the Restore Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity guidelines and with the input of the Tazewell County Health Department, Village of Morton and Morton Police Department. This is a continually evolving situation and the festival is 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. 

2020 Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz Schedule

Saturday, September 12

8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Pumpkin Store (Chamber Office, 415 W. Jefferson St.)

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Pumpkin Pedal (Better Banks)

Noon - 7:00 p.m. - BBQ & Bags (Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club)

Sunday, September 13

8 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Fishing Derby (Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club)

1:30 p.m. - Design-Your-Own Backyard Games (Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club)

Monday, September 14

8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Pumpkin Store (Chamber Office, 415 W. Jefferson St.)

3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Pumpkin Decoration Contest Drop-off (Ackerman Family Farms)

Tuesday, September 15

8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Pumpkin Store (Chamber Office, 415 W. Jefferson St.)

3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Pumpkin Decoration Contest Drop-off (Ackerman Family Farms)

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Pumpkin Weigh-Off

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Big Wheel Race

7 p.m. - Virtual Pie Eating Contest

Wednesday, September 16

8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Pumpkin Store (Chamber Office, 415 W. Jefferson St.)

5 p.m. - Virtual Opening Ceremony

5:30 p.m. - Morton History Virtual Trivia Night

6:30 p.m. - LIBBY's Pupkin Recipe Challenge Winner (Eli's Coffee)

6:30 p.m. - Pumpkin Princess Pageant Broadcast on Morton Pumpkin TV Channel

Hours Vary Business-In-Place Expo

Your Choice Pumpkin Classic Virtual Race

Thursday, September 17

8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Pumpkin Store (Chamber Office, 415 W. Jefferson St.)

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Pupkin Drive-Thru (Former Sam Leman Lot, 161 Detroit Ave)

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Senior Appreciation Drive-Thru (Brandon Wood Retirement Center) 

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Reverse Kiddie Parade (Bethel Lutheran)

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Cousin Eddie (Idlewood Park)

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Yard Art Contest Display (Idlewood Park)

6:30 p.m. - Drive-In Movie Night - Field of Dreams (Field Shopping Center)

Hours Vary Business-In-Place Expo

Your Choice Pumpkin Classic Virtual Race

Friday, September 18

8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Pumpkin Store (Chamber Office, 415 W. Jefferson St.)

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Pupkin Drive-Thru (Former Sam Leman Lot, 161 Detroit Ave)

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Pumpkin Idol Jr. Broadcast on the Morton Pumpkin TV Channel

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Matt Miller Band (Idlewood Park)

6:30 p.m. Drive-In Movie Night - E.T. (Field Shopping Center)

Hours Vary Business-In-Place Expo

Your Choice Pumpkin Classic Virtual Race

Saturday, September 19

6 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Pumpkin Pancake Drive-Thru (Jefferson Elementary)

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Yoga in the Park (Idlewood Park)

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Pumpkin Market (Grace Church) 

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - HIIT the Deck Workout (Idlewood Park) 

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Reverse Parade (Morton VFW)

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Pupkin Drive-Thru (Former Sam Leman Lot, 161 Detroit Ave)

7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - The Encore Closing Ceremony

Hours Vary Business-In-Place Expo

Your Choice Pumpkin Classic Virtual Race

2020 Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz

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