Young ladies between the ages of 18 – 24 who live in Gilroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, San Martin, Morgan Hill or Aromas are eligible to enter the Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Pageant, which is usually held in May. Contestants are judged by a panel of five judges on personal interview, talent, garlic speech and on-stage question.
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.
2016 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Kyle Perez-Robinson
Kyle Perez-Robinson was crowned the 2016 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen at the annual scholarship pageant held on May 1. Queen Kyle and her court will represent the 38th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival at numerous pre-Festival activities and throughout the three days of the Festival, July 29, 30 and 31, 2016.
Perez-Robinson also won the Talent portion of the competition with a vocal performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from the musical Funny Girl. A graduate of Christopher High School in Gilroy, Kyle is currently a sophomore studying Human Biology at Stanford University. In her spare time, she is actively involved in musical theater as both a performer and staff member. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Community Health and Preventative Research and has the long-term goal of attending medical school to pursue an M.D.
The rest of the 2016 royal garlic court will include First Runner-Up Lorena Garnica, Second Runner-Up Marielle Gomez, and Princesses Brittini Bombino, Julia Chizanskos, Jasmine Cruz, Amber Harding , Angelique Lucero, and Vanessa Martinez. Cruz won the Speech portion of the pageant with a skit titled “Marjorie Summers: Garlic Festival News Reporter.”
Despite a power outage during dress rehearsals, the pageant was a great success. Over 200 people attended the event, which was held at the Gavilan College Theater and emceed by 2009 Gilroy Garlic Festival President Kirsten Carr. Over $20,000 in scholarships were awarded to this year’s contestants.