Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 2 – Close on the heels of the 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival, a tourism carnival which came to an end on November 30, hectic preparations are on the for the ensuing 11th edition of the Orange Festival in Manipur’s Tamenglong district headquarters, about 150 km west of Imphal from December 8-9.
Some of the contestants and officials of the forthcoming Orange Queen contest posing for a photo session after their screening, in Imphal on Tuesday.
The state-level Orange Festival is held annually to promote tourism and provide an opportunity to orange farmers to display their produce before potential buyers besides offering an opportunity for both the growers and fruit processing industries to clinch deals with orange farmers based on various aspects.
Tamenglong, the orange belt of the state which produces more than 60 percent of the state’s 32,000 metric tonnes plus, is blessed with many picturesque locations including mystical Tharon cave, the magnificent Barak waterfalls, the enchanting Bunning meadows and its exotic flowers, and the Zeilad lake, which hosts migratory birds every year.
As part of the upcoming festival’s Orange Queen contest 2014, a screening session of the contestants was held at the conference hall of Classic Hotel in Imphal today wherein altogether 28 beauties belonging different communities living in the state turned up.
Convenor of the state-level Orange Queen organising committee Daigong Gangmei told The Assam Tribune that a total of 22 contestants will be selected during the screening session for main beauty pageant.
Five eminent personalities working in diverse fields namely prominent artist Thoidingjam Tombi, actor Laishram Soma, SDCs Philip John of Nungba,Renee Newmai of Senapati and fashion photographer Sushil Tenz scrutinized the contestants in the day’s screening session.
It may be mentioned that Miss Orange Queen 2014 title holder will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh while the first and second runner up title holders will get Rs 75,000 and Rs 50000 cash awards along with gift hampers. The organising committee of the beauty pageant will also provide cash prizes of Rs 10,000 each to five sub-title holders and Es 20,000 to the best costume designer of the event besides awarding similar cash incentives to orange growers.