First Round of 500 Festival Princess Selection is this Saturday, Jan. 26

Wed, Jan 23, 2013, 3:10 pm

WHAT:             

The 500 Festival will begin the two-part selection process to choose 33 young women to represent the 2013 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® at this year’s events and statewide outreach programs. First-round interviews will be on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the Indiana Farm Bureau on East Street in downtown Indianapolis.

The 500 Festival received 200 applications from young women representing 74 Hoosier cities and towns and 21 colleges and universities across the state.

The 500 Festival will narrow the field to 66 finalists who will then return for second-round interviews on Feb. 9 at 8 a.m., when judges will select the final 33 who will serve as ambassadors for the 2013 500 Festival.

Newly selected 2013 500 Festival Princesses will be notified by e-mail after 8 p.m. on Feb. 9. The finalists will be expected to confirm that they accept the honor within five days.

Applicants must be between 18 (by January 1, 2013) and 23 years old, single and legal residents of Indiana. 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 two, four-minute interviews with a panel of judges.

The 500 Festival Queen will be crowned at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® on May 18, 2013. The queen will receive a $2,500 scholarship, and the queen and princesses will also serve as ambassadors for the 2013 Indianapolis 500® on Sunday, May 26.

Sponsors of the 500 Festival Princess Program include G.Thrapp Jewelers and WTHR. Apparel and accessory providers include Indianapolis Motor Speedway and The Sanctuary on Penn.

To learn more about the Princess Program and see last year’s court, visit http://www.500festival.com/events/PrincessProgram.asp.

WHEN:                  

Saturday, Jan. 26 (Media Opportunity from 10 a.m. – noon)

WHERE:              

Farm Bureau Insurance, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Please park in garage off of E. Georgia 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.

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