Be a Candidate
Are you interested in representing the city of Hopkins as part of the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Royal Family? The Royal Family is comprised of seven individuals: Senior Queen and Senior King (Senior Ambassadors), Junior Royalty (2), Raspberry Festival Princesses (2) and Raspberry Festival Queen.
The Royal Family represents the city of Hopkins by traveling to other Minnesota area festivals and volunteers their time at local events (e.g. Empty Bowls, Elementary School Events, Hopkins Tree Lighting Ceremony, Hopkins Old Fashion Holiday, Family Resource West Toy Drive, Noon Year’s Party at the Hopkins Activity Center). While representing the city of Hopkins, the Royal Family creates their own new extended families with treasured memories and travels around the state of Minnesota.
The candidate programs are a great experience for all. We encourage you to review the three separate candidate programs below.
Questions? Call 952.931.0878 or e-mail the Royalty Candidate Coordinator.
Qualified candidates are young women between the ages of 17-25, a graduate of high school by June 2019, have never been married or divorced and must live, work, worship or attend school in the Hopkins or Minnetonka School Districts (graduates of Hopkins or Minnetonka School Districts attending college elsewhere still qualify).
Current Status of Senior and Junior Royalty Programs
After much deliberation, the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Royalty Committee determined that our Senior and Junior Royalty programs will be temporarily paused. This will allow us to evaluate the program and its goals through the lens of current times.
The Hopkins Raspberry Festival conducts an annual review of its programs, in an effort to maintain relevance within the festival, community, and state. The purpose of our royalty program is to provide a platform for developing strong, competent, and independent local women who will use those skills for the betterment of their community now and in the future. In order to balance our tradition in a new era, we have decided to focus on the young women’s royalty program. Our plan is to re-evaluate the purpose and the role that the royalty will have within the Hopkins Raspberry Festival.
In order to do this with fidelity, we will be taking all-hands on deck approach. Once changes are implemented, and the program overhaul in full swing; then we will follow the same process for the rest of the Royal Family. We appreciate your support as we do what we believe is the best for this amazing program.