March 20, 2018

500 Festival Princesses Walk in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 500 Festival Princesses are going green! Sporting some shamrock style among their sparkling tiaras, a group of the Princesses welcomed the festive weekend by joining Indianapolis’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Friday, March 16. Before the checkered flags and the red, white and blue that accompanies May’s Memorial Day Weekend celebration, the Princesses …

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March 5, 2018

Don’t Mess With a Princess

2018 Princesses Set 60-Year Program Record for Highest GPA These women are the real deal. Whatever you thought you knew about the 500 Festival Princess Program, throw it out. It’s not a pageant. It’s not a competition. The sashes and tiaras are part of the history, but the academics and community outreach are part of …

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February 14, 2018

500 Gives Back to Like-Minded Community Organizations

Grant program application deadline: February 28 The 500 Festival wants to help your organization! To be exact, $33,000 is available to Indiana community organizations that share the values and mission of the 500 Festival. We can relate to the passion and dedication that it takes to promote the community within the Hoosier state. And while …

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February 14, 2018

500 Festival Nominates Rhonda Smith With ROSE Award

On February 14, 2018, the 500 Festival surprised its Volunteer of the Year, Rhonda Smith, with a ROSE Award (Recognition of Service Excellence) from Visit Indy. Rhonda’s dedication to serving others as a 500 Festival volunteer for well over a decade has been unmatched. An employee of OneAmerica, Rhonda has led the OneAmerica Pit Station at …

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February 8, 2018

The Special Event Show

500 Festival Staff members Travel to New Orleans Event to Gather Ideas for May in Indy By Sara Adams (Event & Program Manager) The Special Event Show was a dream to experience! It was a dedicated time for event professionals of all facets to join together to share, learn and experience both what is time-tested …

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January 26, 2018

500 Festival Race Weekend Events Rapidly Approaching

New Year’s resolutions are fading and the winter blues are sinking in. However, there is light at the end of the cold, dark tunnel. Race weekend is just four months away and the only “blues” to be of concern will be those of the Indiana sky on the final weekend of May. Well-versed fans take …

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January 16, 2018

5 Common Questions About 500 Festival Princess Program Interviews

The applications have been submitted and interviews are on the way! On January 20, the first round of interviews for the 2018 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols Jewelers, will take place. As a 500 Festival Princess Program Alumna, and a 500 Festival staff member, I’m often asked what participants can expect. While the …

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January 2, 2018

500 Festival Princess: Annie Cole

Annie Cole 2017 500 Festival Princess Annie Cole shares her favorite moment interacting with youth last spring.  Throughout my time as a Princess, I had countless moments interacting with Indiana’s young people, but one particular moment stood out to me. I asked a first grade class what it meant to be a Princess. Of course, …

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