The Heaviest Pumpkin in Virginia


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Pumpkins arrive from all over Ireland for the annual competition in Virginia, Co. Cavan.

  • Title
    Virginia Pumpkin Festival
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  • Contributor
    Richard Dowling (Reporter)
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    RTÉ News
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    The Heaviest Pumpkin in Virginia
  • Extended description

    Pumpkins are a popular Halloween feature that have inspired their very own festival in Virginia, Co. Cavan.

    Reporter Richard Dowling visits the town of Virginia, where pumpkins are arriving from all over Ireland for the heaviest pumpkin competition. Donal McEvoy of the Virginia Pumpkin Festival says there are contests for pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, including the ugliest and the smoothest, but the main competition is for the heaviest. The whole town of Virginia has entered into the spirit of the festival, with children playing in the pumpkin park and shop fronts decorated with pumpkins.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 October 2011.

    Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening) is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the night before All Saints' Day incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals honouring the dead, particularly the Celtic Samhain.

    The Virginia Pumpkin Festival takes place every year during the October bank holiday weekend.

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    Halloween, Halloween customs, Halloween festivals, Virginia Pumpkin festival, pumpkins, Virginia, Donal McEvoy, food fairs, food competitions, food festivals
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  • Topic
    National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
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    RTÉ One
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    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)