As symbols of holidays go, the pumpkin has to be my favorite. The shape, the color, the utility of this fruit (yep, its a fruit, not a veggie) is perfectly suited to Hallowe'en and autumn in general.

The choosing of the perfect pumpkin to carve into a Jack-o-Lantern is no joke. Maybe you love a fresh pumpkin to make an honest to goodness pure pumpkin pie.

Whatever your love for pumpkin, here are four spots in the Quad Cities where you can hope to find great pumpkins abound... Charlie Brown.

And remember, be sincere.

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    DeWitt Great Pumpkin Festival

    The festival is this Sunday, October 14th and includes Pumpkin Derby Car Races, Pumpkin Painting Make and Takes,  Scarecrow Decorating Contest,  Kids Games, Craft Vendors, Food Vendors,  Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations,  Kid's and Pet Costume Parade, Baking Contest and much more.

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    Shady Knoll Farm

    This family farm in east Moline has a bevy of pumpkins of all sizes for you to choose.

    Shady Knoll is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM- 5 PM and Sundays from noon-5 PM.

    Learn more here

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    Pumpkin Investigations @ Nahant Marsh

    This event is interesting. Learn all about pumpkins through various activities and experiments at the marsh on Saturday, October 13.

    Get details here.

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    Pumpkin Extravaganza @ Botanical Center

    Bring the whole family for an afternoon of gourd games throughout the gardens (weather permitting), crafts and activities. You can also enjoy gourd vendors to find those one of a kind craft items.

    Get details here

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