Pumpkin Fest goes western

Adam Larck

Annual Pumpkin Festival attendees will see plenty of cowboy hats and maybe even a tumbleweed or two in Morton this fall.

That's because the annual Pumpkin Festival theme for this year is Pumpkins of the West.

The theme beat out Once Upon A Pumpkin, Pumpkins of the Caribbean and Pumpkin Homecoming with a 22.3 percent vote.

"I think it is a fun and family-friendly theme that many of our festival-goers will enjoy," Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Daly said.

While the committee is in the early process of deciding what unique features to add to fit with the theme, Daly said that there will probably be "some fun country western bands, sheriff badges and orange cowboy hats and boots."

There may also be food that relates to the theme, but talks are still ongoing about the food.

However, Daly said that a completely new event is in the discussion.

"We are considering adding a Little Miss Morton pageant for elementary ages due to the popularity of our Pumpkin Princesses," she said.

Other ideas are still in discussion.

For any suggestions about this year's festival, Daly said for the community to reach out via the Chamber's Facebook page, email or by calling the offices at 263-2491.