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Concluding day of rose fest jam-packed

chandigarh Updated: Feb 23, 2014 19:32 IST
HT Correspondent

The third day of the Rose Festival saw a huge turnout with numerous activities being organised by the administration here on Sunday.

The morning saw a show by magicians Pradeep Kumar, 40, and Radha, 36, who have been regulars at the festival.

They said, "The crowd loved our show, even though most of them know what to expect by now, as they have seen us perform at functions across the city. But, all in all, it was still a great experience."

When asked if anything had changed in the fest, they said, "Compared to the past years, the number of visitors has decreased in this part of the festival, compared to the part where the carnival is put up."

Later in the day, an antakshari competition, a puppet show and an on-the-spot painting competition were held.

It wasn't all fun and games, though, with stalls erected by the blood bank and Aids Society of Chandigarh to spread awareness among the crowds.

Statues of animals and sculptures covered with flowers were a huge draw for the kids who could be seen trying to clamber over the animals. A food stall was also set up by CITCO on the leisure valley side called 'CITCO da vehra', which saw stalls set in a rural village setting.

While the roses were far from blooming, the public was least concerned. "This is a whole experience in itself. There is so much to do here, that honestly, I almost forgot roses are also supposed to be here," said Mahima, who was present with her husband and kids.

The evening saw a performance by Punjabi singer Gippy Grewal, a fitting end to the three days of festivities.