Princeton – Brittney Witt, of Zimmerman, completes her year as a Princeton ambassador in June but continues representation of the city throughout July as one of 57 Minneapolis Aquatennial ambassador candidates from across the state vying for the title of Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes.
If Witt is named the Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes or one of two princesses, she’ll begin a yearlong reign of service as a statewide ambassador for the Minneapolis festival.
Witt said her service as a Princeton ambassador continues a legacy in her family.
“Someone in my family has been an ambassador for other cities,” including Brooklyn Park, where her grandparents were senior ambassadors, as well as the cities of Champlin, Princeton and Robbinsdale, she said.
Witt is the first one in her family to be selected as a candidate to the Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization. A freshman at St. Cloud State University, she said she was not selected as a Princeton ambassador the first year she was a candidate. The encouragement of family and friends convinced her to run again, and she got the position.
She said the year of ambassadorship has involved more than 60 event appearances such as other ambassador coronations and parades, festivals, the Mille Lacs County Fair, Mama Gracie’s one-year anniversary celebration, public safety day, the business expo and – a first for Witt – lining up to get blasted with a fire hose at the Kinship Arctic Blast fundraiser. Ambassadors make other appearances during activities throughout the year such as at Zimmerman’s Wild West Days and when they take Mother’s Day flowers to Sterling Pointe and the Elim Home.
“I’ve met some of my closest friends that way,” Witt said about the various events.
She values the experiences and recalls a favorite one from a Delano coronation and festival. A little girl about 6 or 7 years old started talking to Witt and then wanted to wear her crown and slide down the slide with her.
The little girl took such pride in knowing Witt that she acted as an ambassador herself, introducing Witt around to all the locals. Witt said it is touching how young girls look up to them and it struck her that day how, as representatives, they make different impressions on different people.
She said if she happens to be named an Aquatennial queen or princess, it would be a rich learning experience. Witt isn’t worried about juggling school and ambassadorial duties because, after all, she has successfully managed both throughout the past year.
Witt took ceramics all four years of high school and dove more deeply into art education her first year of college with classes in foundations, three-dimensional art, drawing and computer studio. Next year she’ll move off campus into a sorority house and continue studying art.
“I want to be an art teacher,” she said.
For the Aquatennial event, all the candidates stay in a Minneapolis hotel for several days and are judged on “everything,” according to Witt. The women write essays, create and submit a resume, do interviews and dress up to represent their city at certain events such as the Torchlight Parade.
Witt said about the upcoming Aquatennial events, “I’m more excited for the experience and what I’ll learn from others.”
Anyone who’d like to support Witt in her Aquatennial candidacy can visit her GoFundMe page and offer a donation toward expenses such as an event ticket, hotel stay or activities.