37th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest 

Congratulations to this year's winner, Vincent!

Nine months ago, a scrappy English bulldog was found wandering the streets of West Des Moines with no place to call home. He landed in foster care, and three months ago found a forever family with Meredith and Chad Green of Des Moines.

Today that 60-pound pup, now named Vincent, outshined 44 other English bulldogs from around the United States to be named winner of the 37th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University. An audience of 1,400 people watched in the Knapp Center, with another 500+ watching online, as Vincent donned the ceremonial cape and crown—a true rags-to-royalty story.

Click here to read the offical news release and learn more about the 2016 award winners. 

Read the Official Contest Rules
View the 2016 Contestants


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

Beautiful Bulldog History 

The Beautiful Bulldog Contest, a Drake Relays tradion now in its 37th 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 Mike Cigelman at (515) 208-8301 or m.cigelman@drake.edu.