Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Pageant
Every year since 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival has crowned a “Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen” to reign over the festivities.
2019 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Kylie Kuwada
Kylie Kuwada was crowned the 2019 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen at the annual scholarship pageant held on May 19 at New Hope Community Church. Queen Kylie and her court will represent the 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival at numerous pre-Festival activities and throughout the three days of the Festival, July 26, 27 and 28, 2019.
As Queen, Kylie Kuwada was awarded the $1,000 top prize from the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association (GGFA) as well as a $10,000 scholarship from Christopher Ranch. Kylie was also awarded the Past Queen and Past President scholarships valued at $400 and $800. Additionally, she tied for Best Speech with Lilly Higgins from Presentation High School, and tied for Best Talent with Brianna Budelli from Christopher High School. Kuwada, age 20, currently attends California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
The rest of the 2019 royal garlic court includes First Runner-Up Lilly Higgins, Second Runner-Up Lauryn Longoria, and princesses Amaya Leyba-Guerra, Simran Sihra, Jenessa Andrade, Katie Van Horn, Brianna Budelli, Rae Ceballos, and Gisselle Oliveira.
Front Row (L-R): First Runner-Up Lilly Higgins, Queen Kylie Kuwada, Second Runner-Up Lauryn Longoria. Back Row (L-R): Princesses Amaya Leyba-Guerra, Simran Sihra, Jennesa Andrade, Katie Van Horn, Brianna Budelli, Rae Ceballos, and Gisselle Oliveira
About the 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 is crowned Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival. Scholarship prizes are donated by the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association, Christopher Ranch, and other local businesses and non-profit organizations.
The Queen and her court represent Gilroy at various festivities leading up to the Gilroy Garlic Festival, which will be held this year on July 26, 27 and 28 at Christmas Hill Park. They will also have the opportunity to make guest appearances in local print, radio, TV and online 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.
Photos by Glen McDowell