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Ooty food fair evokes good response

By Our Staff Reporter

UDHAGAMANDALAM, OCT. 4. A four-hour food fair organised in the Charing Cross area here last night brought the curtains down on the Autumn Festival, conducted by the Nilgiri Hotel and Restaurant Association (NHRA) in collaboration with the Tourism department and the district administration. The Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, who along with his wife, Uma Rao, went round stalls, suggested that such events could be organised on a bigger scale. Eleven hotels including, those part of international chains, offered a variety of items at subsidised rates, the NHRA president, B. Umesh Nahar, told The Hindu here today. The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation's Hotel Tamil Nadu had also put up a stall.

Claiming that the fair was a hit with visitors and locals, he said the Tourism department had earmarked Rs. 15,000 for its conduct.

In all, about 3,500 persons participated in the fair.

While arrangements would be made to organise a mega fair during next Summer, the possibility of putting together a food carnival during the winter season here would be examined.

Regatta at lake

Earlier, the Udhagamandalam lake played host to a regatta organised by the tourism department. A good number of tourists, including from Chennai and Virudhunagar, participated. The Tourist Officer, Joseph Charles, gave away the prizes.

While a 30-member group of Badagas from Kallakorai and B. Manihatty, near here, performed traditional dances at the Boat House, Toda tribals also showcased their culture.

Among the dance, drama and music programmes were performances by Tibetans and students from the Government Arts College, the Emerald Heights College for Women and the Providence College for Women.

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