The Morton Pumpkin Festival is yearly four-day celebration composed and supported by the Morton Chamber of Commerce held in mid-September. The Morton Pumpkin Festival was first held in Morton, Illinois in 1967. The occasion presently draws in excess of 75,000 participants yearly. In 1978, Governor James R. Thompson pronounced Morton the "Pumpkin Capital of the World." Morton's title of "Pumpkin Capital of the World" is attached to the nearness of Nestle's Libby pumpkin plant, which forms in excess of 80 percent of the world's canned pumpkin.
Every year, the Morton Chamber of Commerce chooses an uncommon subject for the Morton Pumpkin Festival. Celebration topics are voted on by the overall population while taking the yearly Pumpkin Festival Survey in September. The best celebration topic decisions are then taken to the Pumpkin Festival Oversight Committee and the Morton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the last choice. Topics are reported in January amid the Morton Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. A significant number of the Pumpkin Festival occasions and exercises including the Parades, Pageants, Entertainment, Competitions, and Opening Ceremonies consolidate ensembles, music, and different components in festivity of the yearly topic.
Numerous participants of the celebration come only for the sustenance, particularly the pumpkin seasoned nourishment. Past the standard reasonable/fair top picks and pumpkin pie, a portion of alternate things incorporate pumpkin bean stew, pumpkin treats, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin caramel shake, pumpkin frozen yogurt and pumpkin fudge.