Morton Pumpkin Fest brings Mardi Gras to Central Illinois

By WEEK Reporter

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM CDT

MORTON, IL. -- From a giant bouncy pumpkin, to KitchenAid mixers going non-stop making pumpkin ice cream

There's no doubt this year's Morton Pumpkin Festival is in full swing.

"We had a huge crowd last night, very very busy here, huge crowd for lunch here today, probably about twice as many as we saw last year so I think this beautiful weather is really bringing people out," Jennifer Daly, Morton Chamber of Commerce Exec Dir.

And that clearly is holding true with hundreds if not thousands coming out to the festival.

This year's theme was Pumpkin Carnivale. A spin off of Mardi Gras.

And with Mardi Gras comes some unique food like Pumpkin Jambalaya, so what's in the dish besides the obvious?

"That's a big secret, I can't tell you that!"

There are also pumpkin king cakes for those looking to please their sweet tooth. But behind the spicy and sweet treats, the Festival is a major fundraiser for the Village providing funding to many different non-profit organizations.

"They get donations back for their assistance and those are good fundraisers for them and then also each year we support a project each year for festival revenue and this year is our Idlewood parks pavilion, a big new stage that we're building out at Idlewood park."

Festivities begin again Saturday morning at 6:00 am and will wrap up Saturday night.

The Pumpkin Festival Parade starts at 10:30

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