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 31 days remaining until the Indy 500, we’re pleased to introduce you to Kimberly and Victoria!
Number of years you have attended the Indy 500? 5 The 500 Festival Parade? 10
Your tips to someone attending the Indy 500 for the first time:
Be prepared and make sure to choose your seats wisely. Don’t forget ear plugs, Indy Cars are not quiet! Make sure to pack drinks and snacks. It will also make life a lot easier if you bring a cooler on wheels. Become a history buff. The fabulous staff of the Hall of Fame Museum provides Grand Tours to notable and exclusive Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) landmarks, as well as rich IMS history. This year is even more significant since it is the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Find out why Indianapolis is the “Racing Capital of the World” and be a part of the tradition! If you are visiting Indy for the race, make a weekend out of it! Attend Miller Lite Carb Day Friday to see the last practice and the pit stop competition. Reserve tickets for the IPL 500 Festival Parade, one of the nation’s most premier parades, on Saturday. Later that evening, bring your camera to spot some celebrities arriving on the red carpet to attend the Snakepit Ball at Indiana Roof Ballroom. Don’t limit yourself to just the Indy 500! There are awesome things the whole family will enjoy during the entire month of May. Check out www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com and www.500festival.com/events/ for descriptions of the some of the coolest things to do in Indianapolis all year!
Your tips for someone attending the 500 Festival Parade for the first time: You should start out by familiarizing yourself with downtown Indianapolis. Make sure you know where to park and how to get to your seats. You do not want to miss anything considering the 500 Festival Parade ranks in the top three parades in the nation! Also, don’t forget your camera! The parade is a prime time to snap pictures up-close of Indy Car drivers, VIPs and your favorite costume characters. Appreciate tradition! The 500 Festival Parade has been kicking off race weekend for 54 years. The parade has come a long way since its first route in 1957 and now entertains nearly 300,000 spectators with floats, bands, celebrities and more!
This is what I am doing in my community as a representative of the Princess Program: The Princess Program has given myself and the other princesses several opportunities to get involved in the community. During March, April and May I am visiting classrooms and schools to bring in fun and educational activities incorporating the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 500 Festival. The Indianapolis 500 Race is an important part in our state’s history and children are eager to hear about its impact. While in classrooms I also encourage students and families to take advantage of all the fun, kid-friendly events during the 500 Festival.
In addition, my fellow princesses and I will be volunteering at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Mutt Strut. We are also making Easter baskets and cards for children in each of the rooms at Riley Hospital.
My Greatest 33 Line-up and what to check out on TheGreatest33.com: To see my dream Indianapolis 500 line-up, click here. The “Try the Driver Comparison” on TheGreatest33.com is a fun, interactive way to look at drivers and statistics. If you are somewhat a rookie to racing like myself, this will be a vital tool for picking your Greatest 33! After you have chosen your drivers, make sure you enter the sweepstakes on the site to win some cool prizes!
This May, I’m most looking forward to seeing: The Back Home Again in Indiana Community Decoration Program!
Name: Victoria Meyer
School: Indiana University
Number of years you have attended the Indy 500? 0 The 500 Festival Parade? 0
Your tips for someone attending the Indy 500 for the first time: Since this is my first time attending the Indianapolis 500 I am both excited and curious to experience everything the race and festival has to offer! I would still advise anyone who is attending the race to go to as many events during the month of May as possible and to make the most of their time at the track by getting their friends and family involved such as attending Community Day, Kids Day and the IPL Parade. Also pack water and dress appropriately for a day at the track!
Your tips for someone attending the 500 Festival Parade for the first time: This will also be my first year experiencing the IPL 500 Festival Parade firsthand and I am very excited for this event! There are over 300,000 people who attend the IPL 500 Festival Parade so order your tickets early, try to get good seats and bring your kids!
This is what I am doing in my community as a representative of the Princess Program: As an ambassador and representative for the Indianapolis 500 Festival Princess Program I will be speaking to local elementary schools, Girl Scout troops, churches, hospitals and at an Indianapolis 500 Family Night at the YMCA about the Indianapolis 500 Festival and race. I, along with other Princesses, will represent the Princess Program by attending various outreach programs throughout the city of Indianapolis and in our university towns as well.
My Greatest 33 Line-up on TheGreatest33.com: To see my dream Indianapolis 500 Line-Up click here.
This May, I’m most looking forward to: Carb Day!