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 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.
2015 Miss Gilroy Garlic Queen Bridget Brown
Bridget Brown, an 18-year old student at Christopher High School in Gilroy, was crowned the 2015 Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen at the annual scholarship pageant held on May 24. Queen Bridget and her court will represent the 37th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival at numerous pre-Festival activities and throughout the three days of the Festival, July 24-26, 2015.
Brown won the Speech portion of the competition with a Saturday Night Live-style Hillary Clinton sketch called “Stinking Politics.” For the Talent program, she performed “It’s Not Where You Start” from the Broadway musical Seesaw. In the fall, Bridget plans to attend UCLA and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She aspires to serve abroad in a career with a nonprofit organization such as Doctors without Borders, providing treatment to those without access to needed medical care.
The rest of the 2015 royal garlic court will include First Runner-Up Haleigh Dalke, Second Runner-Up Aliyah Purnell, and Princesses Alison Day, Vanesa Fernandez, Kayla Gonzalez, Vanessa Martinez, and Arianna Torres, all from Gilroy.
After being crowned, a beaming Queen Bridget said, “I am very honored and humbled to have been given this opportunity to represent Gilroy, an extremely strong and supportive community. I hope to see everyone at this year’s 37th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. It is guaranteed to be the most entertaining, memorable, and remarkable event of the summer!”
Over 100 people attended the pageant, which was held at the Gavilan College Theater and emceed by Ed Sauceda. Over $15,000 in scholarships were awarded to this year’s contestants.