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Morton Pumpkin Festival -- a family tradition

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MORTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Festival goers call it a family tradition.

Hundreds swarmed through Morton for the first taste of fall as part of the Morton Pumpkin Festival.

One of the main highlights of the event, the parade. If you were there, you likely saw 25 News taking part.

However, the parade is not the only tradition the festival brings.

There's the carnival which includes traditional rides, and pumpkin-themed rides like "pumpkin patch" and a pumpkin bounce house.

There's also the food.

"I love that pumpkin ice cream!" said Katie Kupferschmid, a Forrest, Illinois resident who was at the festival Saturday.

While the food and fun is a large part of the event, those in attendance say pumpkins aren't the only tradition the festival brings.

"I just had my three-month-old daughter so we brought her to her first parade this morning," said one mother Saturday.

Kupferschmid says she used to come when she was younger. "Now I'm doing my own thing; still coming out," said Kupferschmid.

For many, the festival has been a part of families for generations!

The Morton Pumpkin Festival started in 1967 and Katelyn Cole knows that first hand!

"It wouldn't be my birthday without the pumpkin festival, literally," said Cole.

Cole has been coming to the Morton tradition her whole life.

She was actually born on the same day as the parade, and her mother has been alive as long as the event has been around.

So naturally, it is a family tradition.

"It's her 50th birthday and my 23rd so the Morton Pumpkin Festival is a really special time for us every year, said Cole. "It's a really strong family thing that we do, and it wouldn't be the same without the festival."

A festival that means more than just fun, but also family.

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