The Virginia Pumpkin Festival, held in October, will see the picturesque lakeside town of Virginia become the pumpkin capital of Europe for 5 days. Pumpkin growers from all over Ireland and abroad will unveil their carefully cultivated prize specimens and the winner of the largest pumpkin will be declared.

The 2013 Virginia Pumpkin Festival promises to be a truly wonderful community event with activities for all groups planned. On Friday it is time to get your holiday weekend off to a chilling start with the 'haunted forest walk' a frightening trip through the naturally spooky Deerpark Woods. Be prepared to meet ghosts, witches and other nocturnal creatures. Not for the faint hearted! Cost is €5. Later on Friday night live entertainment comes to the pumpkin marquee.

Saturday sees artisans and food producers display their wares in the Church of Ireland grounds. Children's art and crafts will be on display. On Saturday night live in the pumpkin dome will be a fabulous live band, a gig not to be missed.

Sunday is a busy day. The Church of Ireland grounds will again host the artisan crafts and food stalls, while the festival podium hosts the competition for the biggest pumpkin. At 5.30pm the town will be blacked out for the Pumpkin Festival parade and Lough Ramor provides the backdrop for an exciting fireworks display which will illuminate the town and surrounding areas. The pumpkin marquee is the venues for a giant fancy dress party to continue the weekend of colour and entertainment.

On Monday night a monster bingo event will be held in the pumpkin marquee, ensuring that the Virginia Pumpkin Festival has something for everyone. Truly a weekend of diverse enjoyment not to be missed.

Dates to be confirmed.