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2012 Queen Taylor Adams

2012 500 Festival Queen Taylor Adams

Yes, its cold and snowy, but in several months it’ll be spring again, and time for the activities of the month of May.  And that includes the events of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis organization that presents the 500 Festival parade, the 500 Mini Marathon, the Festival’s Kids Day and Community Day and much more.  Including the 500 Festival Princess Program.

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500 Festival President Bob Bryant

Appearing on Afternoons with Amos, 500 Festival President Bob Bryant talked about the organization’s desire to recruit and encourage young African-American women to come out and apply for the 500 Festival Princess program.

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Lauren Crowner, 2002 500 Festival Queen, 1st African-American

The deadline to apply is January 9, 2015. To be eligible, a young lady must be an Indiana resident, a student at an Indiana college or university.  That includes Ivy Tech.  The young woman must have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Be involved in at least one worthwhile extra-curricular college or community service activity. Be 18 by January 1, 2015, but no older than 23 years of age by May 31, 2015. Single with no children, never married and agree not to marry before May 31, 2015. There have been African-American 500 Festival princesses in the past. And two have been the 500 Festival Queen.  The first was Lauren Crowner in 2002 and the second was Taylor Adams in 2012. Bryant also talked about the efforts by the 500 Festival to improve diversity and inclusion. In the interview, Bryant encouraged African-Americans to become 500 Festival Volunteers. And Bryant told Amos and listeners that the Festival is always looking for African-American celebrities to participate in the IPL 500 Festival Parade.  Click the Link for Application for the 500 Festival Princess Program.  500 FESTIVAL PRINCESS APPLICATION PAGE  Click the Media Player for the Afternoons with Amos Interview with 500 Festival President Bob Bryant. Runs 17 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.