The Rose Festival,on its last day today,witnessed a huge rush with visitors from the Tricity thronging the venue. Serpentine queues were witnessed outside the Rose Garden with people jostling to enter. The final day witnessed a host of activities taking place.
Following the rush,the main entry to the garden from the Madhya Marg was used an an exit.
The gardens entry from the Shanti Kunjs side was also used only for entry in the afternoon. There were long queues formed for the entry from this gate as well. Keeping the rush in view,the entry of vehicles on the stretch of road was stopped for some time.
Despite all this inside the garden,people were enjoying the festival. The on-the-spot painting competition for children had more than 500 participants. The other attraction of the day was antakshari. This contest was enjoyed by most people. The red rose team of Post Graduate Government College for Girls (PGGCG) Sector 11 bagged the first prize amount of Rs 5,000,followed by white rose team,which won the second prize amount of Rs 4,000. The pink rose team won the third prize amount of Rs 3,000 while the fourth prize amount of Rs 2,000 was given to the yellow rose team.
This was followed by the the prize distribution by Chandigarh Mayor Raj Bala Malik. Other distinguished guests included senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration and municipal corporation.
There were a few instances of people losing their children in the huge crowd,but frequent announcements united them. Due to heavy rush,the food stalls also had a tough time.
Most of them were out of stock post lunch. While flower arrangements attracted some people,others admired the flowers in the Rose Garden.
One of the organisers said that while a huge rush was expected on a Sunday,the crowds were beyond expectations.
Antakshari a hit
The antakshari competition which has always been an attraction of the festival and this year too it drew a huge audience. There was not a single vacant seat left.
The unforgettable old Bollywood songs dominated the competition with a few new numbers here and there.
All senior officials of the Municipal Corporation and Chandigarh Administration were present during the event.
When participants were not able to guess the clues correctly,members of the audience were asked to sing.