Young enjoys reign as Indy 500 princess

Bartholomew County will have a resident with a front-row seat to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when Hauser High School grad Brittany Young completes her reign as an Indy 500 princess.

Young, who is studying agriculture education at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus, was selected as a princess in February.

Since then, she’s been doing community appearances around Indiana to talk about the princess program, the Indianapolis 500, and about her work as executive director of Main Street of Hope and the communities of Hope and Columbus.

“I went to a lot of preschools in the Hope area,” she said of her local appearances. She handed out tiaras to the girls and checkered flags to everyone when visiting with the young children. She brought one of the Indianapolis 500 replica pace cars to Hope’s Farmers Market this spring.

Today, she is among the princesses cheering on the Indianapolis Zoo tortoises who put on the Greatest Spectacle in Tortoise Racing with Indy 500 driver Tony Kanaan serving as honorary race steward.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.