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Pictured left to right: Alexis Guiza, Vanesa Fernandez, Vanessa Martinez, Ashley Fellows, and Teresa Bjornson.
Seated center: Brittney Souza.

Brittney Souza of Gilroy Crowned 2014 Miss Gilroy Garlic Queen

Queen Brittney, 18, attends Christopher High School and will graduate this June. She plans to attend Chapman University this fall, where she will study Peace Studies and Political Science. Her goal is to work for the United Nations or a non-profit organization like Habitat for Humanity or Peace Corps. In the Queen’s Pageant, Queen Brittney won the Garlic Speech competition, entertaining the audience with her speech titled “Garlic Patrol.”  Her talent was a pointe ballet performance.

Queen Brittney, along with her Court, will represent the 36th Gilroy Garlic Festival at numerous pre-Festival activities and throughout the Festival July 25-27. The Queen’s Court includes:

First runner-up is Ashely Fellows of Gilroy. Ashley is a graduate of Gilroy High School and currently attends West Valley Community College.

Second runner-up is Vanessa Martinez of Gilroy. Vanessa is a graduate of Gilroy High School and currently attends Gavilan Community College.

Princess Alexis Guiza of Hollister is a graduate of San Benito High School and currently attends Gavilan Community College.

Princess Vanesa Fernandez of Gilroy currently attends Christopher High School and plans to attend Stanislaus State in the fall.

Princess Teresa Bjornson of Gilroy is a graduate of GECA and Gilroy High School. She currently attends San Jose State.

About the Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Pageant…
Contestants are judged by a panel of five judges on personal interview, talent, garlic speech and evening gown at the Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Pageant. Young ladies between the ages of 18 – 24 and who live in Gilroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, San Martin, Morgan Hill or Aromas are eligible to enter the competition. The Queen and her Court represent Gilroy at various festivities leading up to the Festival. They have the opportunity to make guest appearances in local print and electronic media, in parades and at fundraising events. Most importantly, they spend all three days at the festival having a garlicky good time with fellow lovers of the pungent bulb.