500 Festival Queen announced during Breakfast at the Brickyard

Shivani Bajpai selected 2017 500 Festival Queen (WTHR, Anna Carrera)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Shivani Bajpai a recent IUPUI graduate from Zionsville was named the 207 500 Festival Queen during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard on Saturday morning.

Bajpai majored in Biology and minored in Spanish, Chemistry, Medical Humanities and Health studies.

She along with the 32 other princesses take part in 500 Festival activities including events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebrations after the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

According to the 500 Festival as Queen, Bajpai is the recipient of an additional $1,500 educational scholarship from the 500 Festival. In addition, she will wear the one-of-a-kind 500 Festival Queen’s crown at 500 Festival events and the Indianapolis 500. She will participate in a variety of appearances throughout the week and participate in the Indianapolis 500 pre-race and Victory Circle celebrations. She will continue to represent the 500 Festival at various functions throughout the year.

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