The 2011 500 Festival princesses represent 11 Indiana colleges and universities and 24 cities and towns across the state. The young women were selected from 278 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance, and community and volunteer involvement. The 500 Festival has narrowed the field to 33 princesses who will serve as ambassadors for the 2011 500 Festival.
In this blog series we will introduce you to the 500 Festival Princesses, share what they are doing in Indiana communities and their tips for the month of May. We will also share their dream line-up of 33 drivers from TheGreatest33.com. Want to earn bragging rights by sharing your line-up with friends and family too? Be sure to click the “share” feature after finalizing and submitting your line-up!
With 40 days remaining until the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, we’re pleased to introduce you to Lindsay and Alyssa!
School: Purdue University
Number of Years you’ve have been to the Indy 500? 0 To the 500 Festival Parade? 10
Your tips for someone attending the Indy 500 for the first time:
Go to all the festival events! Experiencing the atmosphere is what makes the 500 more than just another race. There’s always something to see or do and a lot of it is free! On Race day leave early, my family members always leave early in the morning to get good parking at the track and to beat the traffic. Pack some patience. There are tons of people from all of the world! While that can be very exciting and cool it can also make things quite hectic. My most important tip is to bring your sun block and umbrella. If it isn’t raining you’re probably getting fried. Nothing says race day like tan lines where your shades were!
Your tips for someone attending the 500 Festival Parade for the first time:
The most important rule of thumb for the parade is to get there early. There are always tons of people and if you want a good seat up front you’ll want to beat the crowd. Also bring a camera, all the drivers and tons of celebrities are in the parade and you won’t want to miss out on the photo opportunity!
This is what I am doing in my community as a representative of the Princess Program: To help out my community I am organizing a group of princesses to help out at this years Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. We will help raise awareness by educating participants on breast cancer and help put on smile on everyone’s face by passing out prizes! I also will be making trips to local elementary schools in Lafayette and Indianapolis to educate children on the 500 festival and the Indy 500.
This May, I’m most looking forward to seeing: Pace Car Reunion
Hometown: Roanoke, In
School: Purdue University
Number of Years you’ve have been to the Indy 500 ? Twice To the 500 Festival Parade? I have been to the Indy 500 twice, and this will be my first year to attend the 500 Festival Parade. I am looking forward to this new experience!
Your tips for someone attending the Indy 500 for the first time: Expect loud noises/bring ear protection. Be prepared for the weather. Sunny- sunscreen/hat/water bottle. Rainy- rain gear/dry set of clothing. Temperature- dress in layers to keep warm or shed clothing if temperature increases. Make the most of your experience. Watch the pre-race concerts. Check out the pits. Keep an eye out for celebrities. Explore the shops. Walk around the inside of the track. Enjoy the food!
Your tips for someone attending the 500 Festival Parade for the first time I will be attending the 500 Festival Parade for the first time this year! I have experienced many other parades, and my advice for any parade would be to arrive early to get a good seat, take your camera to get lots of pictures, and by all means cheer loud for your favorite float.
This is what I am doing in my community as a representative of the Princess Program: Volunteer work is a very large part of this program! In my college community, I will be attending multiple elementary schools to read to and share the Indy 500 information with the students. At Purdue’s Spring Fest, I will be assisting young girls in making their own sashes, and I will be a participant in the Purdue Grand Prix Parade. I also hosted a “100th Anniversary Party” for the Indy 500 for the ladies on the 8th floor of Shreve Hall, where I currently live. I baked cupcakes and brought milk (an Indy 500 tradition). Pizzas and pop were provided as well.
In my hometown area, I have been in contact with my local hospital, elementary school principal, town officials, and librarian. I will read to the children and/or participate in activities as they become available. I have also been interviewed by my local newspaper and provided information that I am available for volunteer work and guest appearances.
My Line-up on TheGreatest33.com: Click here to view my dream Indianapolis 500 line-up on TheGreatest33.com! I selected these drivers because some names I recognized from past races or past wins. Others I just enjoy watching during the race. The website contains a significant amount of information about many of the top drivers. You can learn about each driver, compare them with other drivers, view pictures, and share your stories with other fans.
This May, I’m most looking forward to seeing: World’s Largest Autograph Session