The Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO) is excited to announce that Alyssa Formo from the community of Granite Falls will be participating in the AAO Candidate Program from July 17 through July 22.

This year, 49 candidates will be participating in the program; one young woman is chosen to be the Queen of the Lakes, and two participants are chosen as Princesses. The selection team considers a variety of criteria including: professionalism, public speaking ability, current and future goals, education and co-curricular/ extracurricular activities. In addition to the interview process, the candidates also participate in leadership, personal development and other unique experiences. These experiences include visiting Minneapolis hallmarks like The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, visiting the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the Mississippi River Boat Cruise.

Community members are invited to cheer on their community representative at the traditional Meet the Candidates event, taking place on Wednesday, July 18 at the Minneapolis City Center Rotunda from Noon to 2:00 pm.

The week culminates with the Coronation of the 2019 Aquatennial Ambassadors at Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus on Saturday, July 22 at 4PM with a reception an hour prior. Tickets for coronation are available beginning July 2 at

Community members are encouraged to send well wishes to their candidate at the Millenium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (indicate they are an AAO Candidate); Donato’s Floral will also provide a 10% discount to all orders for AAO candidates.