500 Festival Princess Program Selection Continues on Saturday, Feb. 11

500 Festival Princess Program Selection Continues on Saturday, Feb. 11

Thu, 2012-02-09 08:18


This weekend the 500 Festival will complete the selection process to choose 33 young women to represent the 2012 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500®. The 500 Festival received 274 applications from young women representing 87 Hoosier cities and towns and 24 colleges and universities across the state. On Jan. 28, the Festival narrowed the field to 66 finalists who will return this Saturday, Feb. 11 for second-round interviews.  At the conclusion of those interviews, judges will select the final 33 young ladies who will serve as ambassadors for the 2012 500 Festival.

Applicants must be single, legal residents of Indiana and must reach the age of 18 by January 1, 2012, but be no older than 23 years of age by May 31, 2012. Candidates must also be full-time students in a fully-accredited Indiana college or university and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. The ladies will be judged on poise and appearance, communication skills, community involvement and their answers to questions during one, five-minute interview with a panel of judges. Additional program requirements may be found by visiting www.500festival.com.

Those selected as a 2012 500 Festival Princess will be notified by e-mail on the evening of Feb. 11 and will have until Tuesday, Feb. 14 to confirm that they accept the honor.

The 500 Festival Queen will be crowned at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®. The queen will receive a $2,500 scholarship. The queen and princesses will serve as ambassadors for the 500 Festival, their hometowns and the 2012 Indianapolis 500®.

Sponsors of the 500 Festival Princess Program include G.Thrapp Jewelers, WTHR and Indiana Blood Center. Apparel and accessory providers include The Secret Ingredient, Indianapolis Motor Speedway® and Vera Bradley. 

To learn more about the Princess Program and see last year’s court, click here.


Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Farm Bureau Insurance, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Please park in the parking garage behind the Farm Bureau Building. 


The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 55 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.



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