Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Pageant
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. Contestants are judged by a panel of five judges on personal interview, talent, garlic speech and on-stage question. The winner will be crowned Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival 2019 and receive a $1,000 prize. The First Runner-Up receives $500, and Second Runner-Up receives $250. Contestants are also eligible for other awards, including Christopher Ranch scholarship prizes of $10,000 for the Queen, $5,000 for First Runner-Up, $3,000 for Second Runner-Up, and $1,500 for each Princess.
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.
2018 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Sloane Pace
Sloane Pace was crowned the 2018 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen at the annual scholarship pageant held on May 6 at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. Queen Sloane and her court will represent the 40th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival at numerous pre-Festival activities and throughout the three days of the Festival, July 27, 28 and 29, 2018.
Currently a senior at Gilroy High School, Sloane Pace plans to attend U.C. Berkeley in the fall. As Queen, she was awarded the $1,000 top prize from the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association (GGFA) as well as a $10,000 scholarship from Christopher Ranch. Pace also won the Garlic Speech competition with “The Garlic Cruise” and was awarded $1,000 from Olam.
First Runner-Up was Maricel Gomez, who received $500 from GGFA and $5,000 from Christopher Ranch and was also recognized as Best Talent for her dance performance to “Jailhouse Rock.”
The rest of the 2018 royal garlic court will include Second Runner-Up Searra Harding, who received $250 from GGFA and $3,000 from Christopher Ranch, and princesses Sophia Blocher, Melinda Colbert, Frida Arias, Kylie Kuwada, Lauryn Longoria, Adrianna Molina and Jennesa Andrade, who were each awarded $1,500 from Christopher Ranch.
2018 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Sloane Pace and her court
Front Row (left to right):
Second Runner-Up Searra Harding, Queen Sloane Pace, First Runner-Up Maricel Gomez
Back Row (left to right):
Princesses Jennesa Andrade, Kylie Kuwada, Sophia Blocher, Melinda Colbert, Frida Arias,
Adrianna Molina, Lauryn Longoria
Photos by Glen McDowell