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Peak fall colors bring in big tourism for Dubuque

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says this upcoming week will bring the peak of fall colors throughout the state.

That's great news for Dubuque and the surrounding tri-states area as many people flock this way just to get a glimpse.

"I think more so than the other communities, we've got the bluffs to work with right along the river, so I think that makes us unique throughout the state of Iowa. The Great River Road goes through along the Wisconsin, Illinois side, along with the Iowa side. And this is a great time for the fall foliage," said Tyler Daugherty with the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Of course, geographical location does play a role in when colors will be at their best. For the full report, visit

But fall colors aren't the only thing bringing people to this area.

Pumpkin patches, like Papa's Pumpkin Patch near Bellevue, see thousands of visitors each weekend.

Rickie Budde, owner of Papa's Pumpkin Patch, says they see an addition 1,000 visitors or so each week.

Today, he and many others are enjoying watching a group of about 40 children go pumpkin bowling, pet the donkeys, and play on a giant ship.

It's a special family moment for Josh Pitts and his daughters Avery and Harper.

"They love it, they're smiling, they're have fun. It's fun to watch," Pitts said.

Budde agrees.

"I love it. There's nothing better than seeing a 30 pound kid trying to pick up a 20 pound pumpkin. There all buns in the air, ohhh, help me grandpa, help me grandma. It's really neat, it really is," he said.

For a list of area pumpkin patches, visit

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