SCRANTON — The Express Employment Professionals Clydesdales will enter the Mohegan Sun Pocono Racetrack at 4 p.m. Friday, March 11 for the Evening With the Clydesdales event to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Attendees can have free photos taken with the Clydesdales and purchase chances to ride in a wagon pulled by the world-famous horses around the racetrack.
The event will include the presentation of the Express Clydesdale Queen, awarded to a local student selected for her interest and involvement in entrepreneurship, leadership, and promotion of women in business.
Applications to become the Express Clydesdale Queen are available by contacting the Scranton Express office, 135 West Market Street, at 570-963-1000. The deadline to apply is March 1.
Female high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties may apply. The queen must be available for the Crowning Event, Evening with the Clydesdales, as well as the Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade. An essay submission will be used to narrow down the field to 20 finalists, who will be invited to participate in the pageant. Judges will select the winners based on stage presence, self confidence, composure, and an on stage interview.
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to The Express Clydesdale Queen, a $500 scholarship to the alternate queen and a $100 gift card and gift to the second runner up.
The March 11 event, which is free to the public, will also include raffles, contests, music and entertainment by the dancers of Crossmolina School of Dance. The Express Clydesdales will follow this event by marching in the Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12.
Of a rare black and white color, the Express Employment Professionals Clydesdales stand between 17 and 18 hands high and weigh more than 2,000 pounds each. Their shoes are the size of dinner plates and weigh more than three pounds each.
In addition to competing on a national stage, the Express Employment Professionals Clydesdales have participated in some of the country’s most recognized parades and promotional events, including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Fiesta Bowl Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, Hollywood Parade, Calgary Stampede Parade, Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade, the International Finals Rodeo and the Professional Bull Riders World Finals.
The Clydesdales were honored to escort William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their recent visit to North America.
The Scranton Express Employment Professionals franchise began operation in 2009 and serves Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties with temporary help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields, including administrative, commercial, professional and more. It is on a mission to put a million people to work annually. In 2015, the company generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people.