May 14, 2020

Month of May Traditions

The Month of May in Indianapolis is like no other. Leading up to the Indianapolis 500, the city comes alive with rich history, traditions, and race fans from all over the world. The award-winning 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health aims to teach students across Indiana about the rich traditions and culture of the Month of May.   This free program immerses …

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May 6, 2020

Virtual #IndyMini Spectator Signs

Spectators help motivate OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K participants along the course. With the switch to a virtual race this year, friends and family members have still found creative ways to motivate the participants they know. Check out some of their signs and get inspired to create your own!

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March 24, 2020

500 Festival Princesses Continue to be Rooted in Service

As we all know, the world is currently facing a unique and challenging time. However, it is more important than ever to band together and support our community, country, and world. Committed to cultivating the next generation of leader’s, the 500 Festival Princess Program is dedicated to leadership and professional development. A staple of this …

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January 27, 2020

Welcome 500 Festival 2020 Intern Class!

The 500 Festival Internship Program allows students from all over the world to experience the thrilling Month of May in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. 11 interns, representing seven different universities, have been invited to join the 500 Festival team for the spring semester. A team of hardworking and passionate students, the selected interns will …

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January 23, 2020

Tips to Prepare for Princess Program Interviews

The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols Jewelers, celebrates Indiana’s most civic minded, academically driven young women. Applications have been reviewed and interviews are quickly approaching! The first round of interviews for the 2020 Princess Program will take place January 25. The interview process can seem daunting, however, it is a wonderful opportunity to …

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November 29, 2019

2019 500 Festival Volunteer Award Winners

Each year our volunteers provide an exciting and unforgettable experience to our participants and attendees during the 500 Festival season. The 500 Festival relies on over 3,500 volunteers to come together to produce some of Indiana’s largest events and programs – the individuals recognized below are just a few examples of many of our standout …

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October 14, 2019

500 Festival Pumpkin Carving Stencils + Social Media Contest

  It’s that time of year again: Pumpkin carving season! Get ready to head out to your favorite pumpkin patch (or grocery store, we don’t judge) to grab the perfect gourd for carving. Need some design inspiration for your jack-o-lantern? Well look no further: we have four carving templates just for you! Do you want …

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August 14, 2019

Princess Program Testimonial- Macy Pohl

The role of being a 500 Festival Princess was not only an experience of a lifetime, I was able to impact lives through service and ambassadorship. While wearing the crown and sash, I was given a platform to volunteer, advocate, and educate individuals on Indiana history and topics I am passionate about. During my time …

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August 13, 2019

Princess Program Testimonial: Haley Begay

While the crown and sash might say otherwise, the job of being a 500 Festival Princess is not that of royalty, but of servitude. All 33 of us princesses are servants of Indiana. The Indianapolis 500 only lasts half a day, but the service we do will continue on long after this leadership role we …

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August 1, 2019

3-2-1, Volunteer!

On October 5, Indiana’s youngest runners will take over the world’s largest sporting venue! We’re bringing an Indy Mini experience to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway sized just for kids ages 5-12. But we need your help to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for participants and their families! The 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented …

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