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Q1: Were can I find info on all the haunted hay rack rides, and haunted houses in the Quad-Cities and surrounding areas?

Q2: Will the Dispatch be publishing the results of the auction, sponsored by local retailers/builders?

Q3: Is there a "dog park" on the Illinois side where dogs can run loose in a fenced area? Please give directions.

A1: There's a pretty comprehensive list in our events calendar Select "holiday" in the "view by category" search. If anyone's aware of something missing, please let us know: Events submission form.

Here also is a story from The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus today.

A2: There was a list of final bids published in The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Winners have been or are being contacted. You can view the final bids on each item by going to the item in the listings at Auction Mania.

A3: Hass elroth Dog Park in Rock Island is the place you're looking for. It's at 28th Street and 78th Avenue West. From downtown Rock Island, take Ill. 92 south to Andalusia Road and turn left. The park will be on the right after three or so blocks.

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