Lafayette woman selected as 500 Festival Princess

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The 500 Festival Princess Program has selected Nicole Pollard of Lafayette as one of 33 young women to represent their hometown, the 500 Festival and the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500. The princesses will attend 500 Festival events and volunteer programs throughout the month of May. In addition, the 33 princesses will be involved with statewide outreach programs of their choosing. Princesses are also present at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions and participate in the Indianapolis 500 Victory Circle celebration.

Pollard is a student at Indiana University (Class of 2009), majoring in Music Education. She is the daughter of Daryl and Janet Pollard.

Nicole Pollard of Lafayette

Nicole Pollard of Lafayette

The 500 Festival Princesses represent 10 Indiana colleges and universities and 25 Hoosier cities and towns. The young women were selected from 245 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community and volunteer involvement. The princesses will help commemorate the 2009 500 Festival and 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

To be eligible for the 500 Festival Princess Program, applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 23, single and legal residents of Indiana. Candidates must also be full-time undergraduate 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.

One of the 33 young women will be selected as the 2009 500 Festival Queen and receive a $2,500 scholarship. The queen will be crowned May 16 during the 500 Festival Breakfast the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sponsors for the 500 Festival Princess Program include WTHR TV-13, G. Thrapp Jewelers and Contemporary Dental Concepts. Apparel and accessory providers include Finish Line, Brooks, Secret Ingredient, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Vera Bradley and Etc. Boutique.

To learn more about 500 Festival events and volunteer opportunities, please visit, or contact the Festival office at (317) 927-3378.

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