The 33 500 Festival Princesses will gather with their parents and the 500 Festival Board of Directors and staff on Saturday, April 20 for the 500 Festival Princess Reception. The event serves as a qualification phase toward the selection of the 2013 500 Festival Queen. Each Princess will address attendees in a 30-second speech on the topic of her choice. Community judges will score this segment of the Queen selection.
The 500 Festival Princess Program includes 33 young women serving as ambassadors for the 500 Festival and representing their hometowns across Indiana. In addition to attending 500 Festival events, the 33 princesses will be involved with statewide outreach programs of their choosing – to date, this year’s princesses have performed more than 40 community outreaches, touching more than 6,000 lives. This year’s 500 Festival Princesses, representing nine Indiana colleges and universities and 21 Hoosier cities and towns, were selected based on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community and volunteer involvement.
Princesses are also present at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway® functions and participate in the Indianapolis 500® Victory Circle celebration. One of the 33 young women will be selected as the 2013 500 Festival Queen and receive a $2,500 scholarship. The queen will be crowned May 18 during the 500 Festival Breakfast the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®.
Sponsors of the 500 Festival Princess Program include G.Thrapp Jewelers, WTHR and The Sanctuary on Penn. Apparel and accessory providers include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® and Vera Bradley.
WHEN: Saturday, April 20 at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street
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 56 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-Marathon, 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.