38th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest 

Registration opens Feb. 6 for the 38th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest


Save the date for the 2017 contest on Sunday, April 23


Vincent, above, was the winner of the 37th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest. An audience of 1,400 people watched in the Knapp Center, with another 500+ watching online, as Vincent donned the ceremonial cape and crown.

Read the Official Contest Rules


The following awards will be given out to the most deserving Bulldogs:

Drake Spirit
Family Theme
Best Dressed
Rescue Dog Recognition
Porterhouse People's Choice
Second Runner-Up
First Runner-Up
Most Beautiful Bulldog


The Beautiful Bulldog Contest, a Drake Relays tradition now in its 38th year, was the first-of-its-kind in the nation and continues to be a model for imitators from several states. The winner, who receives top honors as well as a crown and cape, appears before his or her royal subjects of 16,000 fans at the Drake Relays to be officially honored as the Relays mascot.

In its three decades of existence, the contest has changed little. Some of the awards have remained constant like Most Beautiful Bulldog, and Congeniality, while others have been modified over the years. Another constant has been the winner’s duties, which ask that the winning Bulldog participate in Drake Relays activities throughout the week. The past few years have seen so many entries that contestants are selected by lottery from a pool of more than 100 Beautiful Bulldog hopefuls.

If you have any questions about the Beautiful Bulldog Contest, or event registration, please contact Niki Smith at (515) 271-2179 or niki.smith@drake.edu.

See photos of the 2016 contest here.

Drake University Beautiful Bulldog Contest 2016


Sunday, April 23

Beautiful Bulldog Contest

Tuesday, April 25

Downtown Street Painting
Grand Blue Mile

Wednesday, April 26

Pole Vault at Capital Square
Weaver Medal of Honor Lecture/Award Ceremony

Thursday, April 27

Golden Reunion Check-In & Tours of Alumni House
Drake Relays Distance Carnival
Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception
Golden Reunion Reception with President Martin 

Friday, April 28

Drake Relays Track & Field Events
Golden Reunion Des Moines City Tour
Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays
All-Alumni Tent Party
Golden Reunion Dinner

Saturday, April 29

Drake Relays Road Races
Drake Relays Track & Field Events
Golden Reunion Brunch
Golden Reunion Campus Tours
Young Alumni Brunch
SJMC Alumni Reception

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