The Aberdeen Snow Queen Festival began after WW II 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.
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.

"In every woman, there is a Queen."

2019 Snow Queen Festival

Queen Hannah Sumption and Jr. Queen April Simon, along with the South Dakota Snow Queen Festival, invite you to join them for the 73rd South Dakota Snow Queen Festival, to be held January 4th-12th, 2019.

Representatives from local communities will be featured at the Jr. Snow Queen Coronation and Talent Contest held the evening of January 5th, 2019 at the Aberdeen Civic Theatre. The program will begin at 7:00 pm. Friday evening, January 11th, 2019, the Snow Queen Candidates, Visiting Dignitaries, and Snow Queen sponsors will be featured at the Queen’s and Sponsors Banquet and Ball.  The Festival activities will conclude with the crowning of the 2019 South Dakota Snow Queen. The coronation will be held on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Aberdeen Civic Theater.  For questions on scheduled events or to order tickets, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.