It is now officially fall and that means it's time to start looking for those pumpkins. You may want to cook with them, decorate with them, carve them or just spend time with family picking out the perfect one. We have a few locations around Abilene where you can find pumpkins to do any or all of the above.

I've seen not only pumpkins in all sizes, shapes and colors but also a variety of really ugly and unusual gourds. However, they all make for really cool decorations. There is even the 'pumpkin patch' at DRI where you spend hours looking for the best pumpkin to take home. Here are some spots I have found that already have a great variety available.

DRI Pumpkin Patch

This is an annual fundraiser for DRI (Disability Resources, Inc.). The event brings in over 10,000 visitors during the month. They have the place decorated with props, swings, hay bales and thousands of pumpkins in all sizes. You can take pictures, enjoy free hay rides, story time and purchase pumpkins to take home. It is open to the public daily. If you have a group and would like to reserve a time contact 325-677-6815.

  • Dates open: Oct. 1st - Oct. 31st
  • Times: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to sunset
  • Sunday 1p.m. to sunset

Grocery Stores

H-E-B

  • 1345 Barrow 79605

Albertson's:

  • 4450 Buffalo Gap Rd. 79606

United Supermarkets:

  • 1095 N. Judge Ely Blvd 79601
  • 4209 Buffalo Gap Rd. 79606
  • 902 N. Willis 79603
  • 3301 S. 14th St. 79605

Retail Stores

Lowe's:

  • 1634 Musgrave Blvd. 79601
  • 4134 Ridgemont Dr. 79606

Home Depot:

  • 4590 Southwest Dr. 79605

Wal-Mart Supercenters:

  • 1650 Hwy 351 79601
  • 4350 Southwest Dr. 79605