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In every woman, there is a Queen. 

2022 Snow Queen Macie Luce & 2022 Jr Snow Queen Amelia Currington

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

The Aberdeen Snow Queen Festival began after WWII when officials from the St. Paul Winter Carnival approached Aberdeen with the idea of becoming a satellite of the Carnival. The first Queen was crowned in January 1947. For the full history of Snow Queen click here.

As  a part of the South Dakota Snow Queen Royal Family, the Queen and Jr Queen serve as ambassadors for the Festival and the state of South Dakota, appearing throughout the region at official Festival, local and state events during their year reign.

Snow Queen Appearances

  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival

  • Willmar Fests

  • Applefest

  • Montevideo Fiesta Days

  • Minneapolis Aquatennial

  • Bands, Brews & BBQ

  • Brown County Fair

  • Gypsy Day Parade

  • South Dakota State Fair

           *events are subject to change. 

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Local Contest

Thank you for being part of the rich tradition that is the South Dakota Snow Queen Festival. We couldn’t hold the SDSQ Festival without all the work done at the local contest level, and we are grateful for everything you do to empower the young women in your community. Even though we only crown one queen at the SDSQ Festival, each local queen is an incredible ambassador for your community.

Snow Queen Festival

For more details about the South Dakota Snow Queen Festival click below or to sign up for Snow Prince & Princess / Snow Sister Program

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Memories to last a lifetime