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‘Mango Mela’ at Pinjore Gardens kicks off tomorrow, free entry for elderly

To boost the excitement of the mela Haryana Roadways will run special buses from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Zirakpur to Pinjore. There is a mango eating competition from 10 am on July 8 which is open to all and one can enjoy free mangoes while competing.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 07, 2017 16:12 IST
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Haryana additional chief secretary, tourism, VS Kundu (left) addressing a press conference in Panchkula on Thursday.
Haryana additional chief secretary, tourism, VS Kundu (left) addressing a press conference in Panchkula on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Previous year the tourism department of Haryana offered free entry to senior citizens at ‘Mango Mela’ and continuing the same spree this year, the department is starting the 26th ‘Mango Mela’ from July 8 at Pinjore Gardens, but the twist in the tale is that, no lunch is being offered this time.

However, new addition is the ten times enhancement in prize money of mango quiz competitions from Rs 5,100 and Rs 2,100 to Rs 51,000 and Rs 21,000 respectively. Additional chief secretary, tourism department, VS Kundu, said that a counter would be set up for selling quality mango plants.

Over 3,000 entries of different mango varieties are likely to be received from mango growers in the mela this year. Kundu said that a seminar would be organised during the mela to make it more useful for the farmers. Agriculture specialists and scientists from agriculture universities of North India including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi have been invited to interact with the farmers.

Folk dances of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan will be performed from 6pm onwards on July 8. On July 9, Haryanvi pop and folk singer Gajender Phogat will perform. 

To boost the excitement of the mela Haryana Roadways will run special buses from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Zirakpur to Pinjore. There is a mango eating competition from 10 am on July 8 which is open to all and one can enjoy free mangoes while competing.

It is the only occasion where people can enjoy free mangoes.  On the first day of the mela, the receipt of entries of mangoes and mango products will start from 7am onwards. Competitions for students, such as solo dance, rangoli, face painting and mango eating (open for all), will begin from 10am onwards on the same day. The second day of the mela will be marked by competitions for students, including group dance, drawing, fancy dress for tiny tots, in the age group of three to five years along with the mango eating competition.

The students will be divided into two categories, junior wing will include Class 4 to Class 8 and senior wing will have Class 9 to 12 plus for various competitions.Tourism minister, Ram Bilas Sharma, will inaugurate the fair on July 8 while agriculture and farmers’ welfare minister, Om Parkash Dhankar, will be the chief guest in award presentation and closing ceremony on July 9.