SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
Bringing the curtains down on the summer season which is just on the exit, the two-day fruit show at Sim’s Park, Coonoor organised by the Department of Horticulture and the district administration, attracted thousands of tourists from all over the country.
The show was inaugurated by The Nilgiris District Collector P. Shankar. The tourists were welcomed by a 12-foot high arch, bedecked with fruits such as jackfruit, grapefruit, musk melon, banana, plums, lemons, pineapple, orange, and mango.
For the first time, the summer festival has begun with fruit show and the three-day flower show will begin at the Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam on May 27.
During the week-long summer festival, variety of events are organised at HADP Grounds in Udhagamandalam.
The star attraction of the show was an exhibit of a 25-foot high lighthouse made of pineapple and orange weighing about 3,000 kg by the Nilgiris Horticulture Department.
It also displayed various imported fruits, fruits from Tamil Nadu and the signature fruits of The Nilgiris.
Another exhibit which drew the attention of the tourists and enhanced the beauty of the show was a sailing boat made of about 1,000 kg of grapes, pomegranates, oranges and apples.
V. Subha from Tirupur, who came to the show with her family, said, “This is my first visit to the fruit show. I have never seen such grand artistic exhibits made only of fruits.”
Horticulture Departments from Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Dindigul, Theni, Madurai, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts participated in the show and put up theme-based fruit exhibition stalls.
The speciality of Tirunelvi ‘halwa’ was brought about by the horticulturists of that district by putting up a stall Vaanga Saapidalam, and Tirupur district’s stall emphasised the importance of water. Further, the fishing theme based exhibit from Kanyakumari enthralled the audience.
Awareness about global warming was brought about by the horticulturists of Dindigul. About 100 kg of oranges and sapotas were used to highlight the theme, ‘Save Forests’.
R. Usha, a student from Coimbatore, said, “I liked the fruit sculptures and carvings the most. The fruit sculptures of Kannagi and Adhiyamaan, and the contributions of Madurai and Dharmapuri districts, amazed me.”
Other attractions at the fruit show were the figurines of a dragon and a peacock displayed by the Coimbatore and Dharmapuri districts.