MORTON, Ill. -- Fall just around the corner and it is pumpkin season in Morton. The village’s annual Pumpkin Festival is in full swing.
This year’s event is a little different it is called Pumpkin Carnivale, taking on a Mardi Gras theme.
Of course with Mardi Gras, comes good food and entertainment.
The menu includes Jambalaya with pumpkin, for those craving something spicy, and pumpkin king cakes, for those with a sweet tooth.
As far as entertainment, the Free Agents Brass Band will be performing Friday evening. The group came all the way from the big easy.
Officials said setup was a bit difficult this year due to the hot weather, but that did not stop die hard pumpkin fans from coming out for the fest’s opening day.
“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,” said Jennifer Daly, executive director of the Morton Chamber of Commerce.
All proceeds from the Pumpkin Festival help benefit a wide variety of organizations in Morton from non-profits to churches to businesses and athletic programs.
Daly said none of it would be possible without the dedication of nearly 50 chairmen and roughly 2,000 volunteers.
The festival runs through Saturday night. The craft show is open through Sunday.