Morton Matters Newsletter
September 2016
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Chamber Board Members
Jacque Austin
Paul Beckman
Brian Cross
Jamie Durdel
Nick Esser
Justin Ferrill
Barbara Heer
Craig Hilliard
Shelly Hunt, Treas.
Mary Jane Johnson
Cathy Kemp
David Mills
Tim Mueller
David Zern, Pres.
Alissa Williams, Vice Pres.
150% Club Members
A Brush of Color
Aaron Miller, Real Estate Broker
Ackerman Family Farms
Alltrust Financial Management
Apostolic Christian Restmor
Barbara Heer, Broker
Brandon Wood Retirement Center
Captivation Dance by Kaleigh
Carius Dairy Queen
CORE Construction
Country Financial
Craig Barley
Crossroads Concrete
David Mills CPA LLC
David W. Kinsinger DDS
Deputy Duct, Div. of ATC Insulators
Heartland Veterinary Clinic
em.bel.lish hair design
IT360 Inc.
JA ROECKER Architecure/Structures
Jay Fox Insurance Agency
Jim Maloof Realtor
Jm Yordy
Keach Architectural Design
Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club
Knapp Johnson Funeral Home
Kuhl Insurance
LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant
Le Nails & Spa
Lennie's Quality Meat Shop
Lighthouse Buick GMC
Liquor Station
Littlefield & Lovell Orthodontics
Marie Fisk, Realtor
Markley's Pest Elimination
McDonald's of Morton
Merlin Birky
Mike Murphy Ford
Mike Yordy Excavation
Mohr & Kerr Engineering & Land Surveying
Morton Buildings
Morton Collision Repair
Morton Dental Center
Morton Family Dentistry
Morton Financial Services
Morton VFW
Oak Lawn Estates
PC Doctor Computer Consulting
Peoria Area Association of Realtors
Ranson & Ranson Dental
RMH Foods
Schooner's of Morton
Season's Gastropub
Stephens Electric
The Iona Group
The Prassas Co./Morton
Towne Center
The Whisler Agency
Tri County Cleaning Systems
Two Men and a Truck
Village of Morton
Villas of Holly Brook
Web Services Inc.
West Central IL Bldg & Construction Trades Council
Witzig Financial Services
Wm. Aupperle & Sons
Yinlun USA Inc.
Yogi's Super Liquors
The Pumpkin Store Opening September 5 in Chamber
Order your official Pumpkin Festival t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, pins, and more at Online orders can be shipped or marked for pick up. The online store will be open until September 7 at midnight.

Starting September 5, the Pumpkin Store will be open inside the Morton Chamber of Commerce office at 415 West Jefferson Street. Hours for merchandise sales will be 9 am to 5 pm on September 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11.

The Pumpkin Store will be located inside the Pumpkin Business Expo tent this year during festival from September 13 - 16.
Register Today for Pumpkin Classic
The Pumpkin Classic 10K/2 Mile registration will close at capacity or on September 11 at midnight, so don't delay! Tech shirts are guaranteed to everyone registered by September 8.   Online registration only.

Packet Pick Up:   Either on Friday, September 15, from 5 - 7 pm at Lincoln School, 100 S. Nebraska Ave., or on Saturday morning beginning at 6 am in the 200 block of North First Avenue.
2017 Pumpkin Festival Competitions
The  51 Mile Pumpkin Bike Tour on Saturday, September 9, will i nclude  areas of Morton, East Peoria, Tremont and Mackinaw.  All routes begin and end at the Morton Public Library, which will also serve as the Main Rest Stop.  
Register today.

The Pumpkin Tennis Open, hosted by the Morton Tennis Association, will be on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, at the Joal Stanfield Tennis Complex at Morton High School. Adults play on Saturday, and youth play on Sunday. Matches will be eight game Pro Sets.  Register today.

On Sunday, September 10, kids from kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to participate in the Boxcar Derby, hosted by the Morton Kiwanis Club. Cars will be available or bring your own. Register online.

The Big Wheel Race, hosted by St. Jude Morton to Peoria Runners, will be on September 12, and is a fun event for kids ages 10 and under. Register Online.

Entries for the the Pumpkin Decorating Contest, sponsored by Ackerman Family Farms LLC, will be accepted on September 12 at the Pumpkin Decorating Tent. Download an entry form and a coupon for a free pumpkin  here.

Win cash prizes and have a chance to be featured with your winning recipe on the LIBBY'S Pumpkin national website by entering the LIBBY'S Pumpkin Recipe Challenge. Judging of original recipes will be on September 7 at Freedom Hall. Get details and register online.

The famous Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest will take place on September 16 on the Gold's Gym Entertainment Stage. Each age group is limited to 18 contestants, so register online today!

For a complete listing of events and activities, go to
Volunteers Still Needed!
Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to help with our 51st Annual Pumpkin Festival! We still need volunteers from 1:30 to 6:30 pm on Saturday. Click HERE to get more information and sign up today! The Chamber thanks you, and the community thanks you! Festival can't happen without our many volunteers!

Festival Entertainment Highlights
Wednesday, September 13, 7:30 pm: Clayton Shay & Kyle Yap
Dynamic duo whose acoustic sounds you won't want to miss! 

Thursday, September 14, 7 pm:
Joe Stamm Band
High energy country-rock.

Friday, September 15, 7:30 pm: SEMPLE
"The Voice" finalist and winner of UK "Pop Stars: The Rivals". 

Saturday, September 16, 7 pm: Die Spitzbaum
Contemporary and traditional folk music from Germany and other European regions. 
Carnival Ticket Advance Sales Start September 5
carnival riders
Advance Discounted Tickets for Wednesday and Thursday come in a  strip of 10 tickets that can be purchased for $20 from Tuesday, September 5 - Tuesday, September 12 at the Morton Chamber office. Eli's Coffee Shop, Grimm's Inc, Kroger, Lennie's Meat Market, and Leaves 'N Beans will sell the tickets from September 5 until September 13 at noon. These tickets are good at their full value on Wednesday and Thursday and may be used at half their value on Friday and Saturday (Example: it will cost you 2 advance tickets for a ride that costs 1 ticket on Friday and Saturday). A strip of 10 tickets is $25 if you purchase them at the Festival.

Purchase a wristband and ride as many rides as you would like to on Friday, September 15 from 3 to 6 pm.  Advance sale wristbands are $20 and are available for purchase at all advance ticket sales locations and times. Wristbands are $25 at ticket booths on the carnival midway. 
Chamber Welcomes New Members for August
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Morton One of Best Chambers for Small Business

The Morton Chamber of Commerce was named one of the Best Chambers for Small Business by Credit Donkey!

Credit Donkey reports "not all cities have a great chamber of commerce. We have picked the best chambers of commerce across America. The ones on this list all have an emphasis on community, economic growth, and support for local businesses".
Ribbon Cutting at Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery
Congratulations  to Kelly Scarfe, new owner of the  Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery !