Rose Festival in full splendour

  • Anupreet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2015 16:29 IST

The second day of the 43rd Rose Festival garnered a resounding response from tricity residents and tourists. Events held on Saturday included kite flying and puppet show besides engaging contests such as rose prince, princess, king and queen.

Though most of the contests were well received, the rose king and rose queen competitions stole the show.

People, irrespective of their age, walked down the ramp with panache amid a cheering audience for the best couple contest. Ashok Khurana and Sangeeta were adjudged the best couple.

Ram Kanodia and his wife Neelam , who won the runners-up title, had come for a random visit but decided to participate almost on a whim.

Budding talent
As many as 260 children participated in the rose prince and princess competitions. One-and-half-year-old Avishi was one of the many who wanted to be the rose princess. Her mother Ruchi Garg, a teacher, said, “We had a wonderful time. But since the kids are small, they get a little fussy at the key moment.” Zirakpur-based Sandeep Kaur’s son participated in the rose prince contest. “It’s our first time and we really enjoyed coming to the fest,” she said.However, Taniya Dhiman, the mother of a two-year-old, did not find anything new or special about the fest this year.

Sun and shine
While most students took part in kite flying, the puppet show attracted children in large numbers. Belgian tourist Yobene Fontuyne, for instance, found the fest “very beautiful”. “I loved being here and soaked in all the fun,” she said. In spite of being managed by traffic officials, the parking arrangement for the event was not up to the mark, inconveniencing many visitors.

And here’s a tip, avoid taking your car too near the venue in case you plan to visit Rose Garden on Sunday.

Winsome winners

Rose Princess:
Category A (Age: 1-1.5 yrs)
First: Khwahish Kharbanda
Runner up: Manmeet Kaur

Category B (Age: 1.5-2 yrs)
First: Girisha Gandhi
Runner up: Devashi Sharma

Category C (Age: 2-3 yrs)
First: Ahana Singh
Runner up: Ashini Singh

Rose Prince:
Category A (Age: 1-1.5 yrs)
First: Pukhraj Babbar
Runner up: Shaurya Pun

Category B (Age: 1.5-2 yrs)
First: Karanvir Dhiman
Runner up: Aks Kumar

Category C (Age: 2-3 yrs)
First: Ayan Sampele
Runner up: Mahir Singh

Rose King:
First: Col Vidosh Kumar Sabharwal
Runner up: Col HS Gill

Rose Queen:
First: Madhu Sharma
Runner up: Usha Sharma

Best couple:
First: Ashok Khurana and Sangeeta Khurana
Runner up: Ram Kanodia and Neelam Kanodia

Photography Competition:

Professional category:
First: Nitin Mittal
Second: Vicky Gharu
Third: Deepak Arora

Amateur category:
First: Rajesh Khurana
Second: Prabhjot Singh
Third: Kaifki Khurana

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