Pumpkin Capital of the World

Morton, Ill. Pumpkin Capital of the World

Known as the "Pumpkin Capital of the World," the burg of Morton is deep in the heart of central Illinois, where America's most prolific pumpkin patches are rooted. The home of Libby's Pumpkin, Morton produces about 85 percent of packaged pumpkin in the U.S., but it's also good for gourds. The Morton Pumpkin Festival is a huge regional event each fall, complete with "Punkin Chuckin'," where engineers and other intrepid designers square off to see who can create the meanest pumpkin-chucking machine.

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