This year’s long-standing tradition of hosting the Libby’s Pumpkin Recipe Challenge will also boast a first with a Chili Cook Off and Tailgating Experience.   Both events will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. at Morton Potter’s Alley (628 W David St., Morton) benefiting Morton Youth Baseball Association (MYBA). 

Pre-registration to enter pumpkin recipes or chili is required.   The Tailgating Experience is open to the public with entry fee as a suggested donation to MYBA.

Guest and participants will enjoy music from the Blue Hares and MIX 106.9, a limited menu from Potter’s Alley, a dunk tank, tailgating games, and more!  Guests will be able to purchase a chili tasting kit and participate in choosing the People’s Choice Award winner.

“Grab your lawn chairs, bring your family and friends, and join us for a fun filled evening,”  says Executive Director, Leigh Ann Brown.

The 2021 Morton Pumpkin Festival “Pumpkins, Tailgates, and Traditions” will be Wednesday, September 15 - Saturday, September 18. The Morton Pumpkin Festival generates resources to allow the Morton Chamber of Commerce to fulfill their mission to strengthen business and enhance community, at a superior level, through the implementation of a unique event that builds a sense of community among the people who live and work in Morton. Sign up and learn more at or or call (309) 263-2491.