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Each year young women from across Minnesota come to Minneapolis to represent their
home communities while participating in the Ambassador Candidate Program during Aquatennial Week.

The Candidates, who are former ambassadors of their home community or festival, participate in leadership, personal development, and other unique experiences while going through a rigorous selection process to become the Queen of the Lakes or one of two Aquatennial Princesses.


The candidates are judged on a variety of criterion including their poise, professionalism, public speaking ability, current and future goals, education and co-curricular/extracurricular activities.


Those selected to be Aquatennial Ambassadors will travel throughout North America representing the City of Minneapolis and the Aquatennial Festival. At the end of their year of service, each ambassador receives an educational scholarship in recognition of her service.


Communities looking to participate in the Aquatennial Ambassador Candidate Program are encouraged to contact the Vice Commodore of the Candidate Program.

Ambassador Candidate Program

Program News

Program News
Candidate Events

2021 Candidate Program

Upcoming events for the 2020 Candidate Program.  

Tickets to AAO Events will be available in June.

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