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Pumpkin Fest focusing on local businesses

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MORTON (WEEK) - The Pumpkin Festival usually brings thousands of people and their wallets to Morton businesses, but with a socially distanced event, owners are getting creative to keep it going.

Instead of the promised long lines around the town square to get Pumpkin treats, the shopping experience will look a little different.

"There will be less crowds, not as much noise, it'll just be a little quieter but the chamber has helped think of creative ways to help us this year and we're getting by," co-owner of Threads Boutique Keli Wagner said.

The community is coming together, making sure local businesses still see visitors.

"Our mission is gather and give back, and giving back this year, a huge focus has been on our local businesses," Morton Chamber of Commerce exec. director LeighAnn Brown said.

For this years pumpkin drive thru people can pre-order food, all provided by Morton vendors.

"How can we buy goods and services from them? And how can we promote their goods and services to people as they're here enjoying the experiences," Brown said.

And while they have tackled the 'give back' part of their mission, the 'gathering' portion is going to look different.

"We have a lot of incredible new partners this year, so we're spacing out and spreading out a lot of the experiences throughout our Morton community," Brown said.

Some of which include drive in movies at Morton Cinema, concerts sponsored by Gold's Gym--pumpkin decorating at Ackerman Farm and much more.

"Really just trying to spread things out and make sure that people can still safely go and experience," Brown said.

"We're hoping people want to come outside and get some fresh air here since the pumpkin festival rides aren't available this year," Roth Pumpkin Patch co-owner Nic Roth said.

Despite COVID-19 obstacles, Pumpkin Fest will go on, as Morton says it is the community's sense of normalcy this year.

Check out the Morton Pumpkin Fest website to found out what events are going on this weekend.

Gabi Guerrero

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