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Celebrate Bloomington's Lincoln connections and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War with a weekend of activities at multiple sites. Highlights will include Storyteller Brian Fox Ellis, Civil War generals, infantry and cavalry encampments, performances by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band and the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra. Living history interpreters in period dress, including Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, will be on hand at numerous locations. Children's activities, carriage rides and demonstrations of period craftsmanship will also be features, along with cannon volleys and skirmishes between troops and more. The event is free and open to the public.
Morton Pumpkin Festival
"Home of the Nestlé Libby's Pumpkin Canning Operations, Morton is proud to say that over 80% of the world's canned pumpkin is processed right here. Each September, in celebration of the pumpkin canning season, Morton hosts the Morton Pumpkin Festival. This year's event will be the festival's 48th year. Our theme is Pumpkins of the West. From our opening day Balloon Release to the Pumpkin Festival Parade, the Morton Pumpkin Festival is a Central Illinois attraction. In fact, the festival draws over 70,000 people each year to downtown Morton. The Morton Pumpkin Festival includes daily live entertainment, a carnival with over 30 rides, the Pumpkin Craft Faire, Pumpkin Expo, Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe, Pumpkin Classic Run/Walk and over 20 special events and activities that range from pageants to sporting events. Many of our visitors come to taste our homemade foods. You will find a wide variety of high-quality and homemade items to sample at the Pumpkin Grille including our famous butterfly pork chops, ribeye sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, pumpkin baked beans, and pumpkin chili. Our Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe is a popular location to try homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin donuts. The lines are always worth the wait! You won't want to miss this year's Morton Pumpkin Festival, the premier hometown festival of Central Illinois! You will enjoy every minute...and every mouthful!" This year's theme is "Pumpkins of the West".