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Last day of Morton Pumpkin Festival sees traditions live strong

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MORTON (WEEK) -- Saturday was the final day of the 54th annual Morton Pumpkin Festival.

However, due to COVID-19 many of the festival's traditions had to be re-imagined. One of these was the annual parade.

Instead of having floats travel down the parade route, Parade attendees drove along a line up of stationery floats at the Morton VFW Post 5921.

At the center was parade marshal Doug Shull

"It's overwhelming. I'm very humbled," Shull said. "I've been in Morton all my life and this is quite an honor."

Shull and his wife, Angie, said it meant so much to take part in keeping this more than half a century old tradition stay alive.

Another one of these re-imagined traditions was the annual Pancake Breakfast.

Pumpkin pancakes and sausages were made all Saturday morning at Jefferson School. This year, the event was adjusted for drive thru and pick-up orders.

Cars lined up for blocks to get their annual treat.

Morton Chamber of Commerce executive director Leigh-Ann Brown said, while it looked different, it was important to carry on the tradition.

"Of course celebrating Libby's, our Nestle plant here still producing 85 % of the worlds canned pumpkins in our community," Brown said 54 years in the making of our festival and it's re-imagined this year but it's going strong."

The Chamber of Commerce said they are grateful for all the volunteers who made this years breakfast possible.

Kaitlin Pearson

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