Gilroy Garlic Festival Announces 2019 Attendance, Revenue and Volunteer Equity Distributions




Gilroy Garlic Festival Announces 2019 Attendance, Revenue and Volunteer Equity Distributions

October 15, 2019 (Gilroy, CA): The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association announced that 2019 attendance, gross income, and hourly payouts to volunteers were all higher than in 2018. The Association will pay $250,000 to 155 local charities and non-profit organizations, which brings the Gilroy Garlic Festival’s 41-year total distributions to over $12 million.

The $250,000 Volunteer Equity Program distribution represents an hourly rate of $7.37 for volunteers (up from $7.22 in 2018). Since 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival has distributed proceeds to benefit local non-profit groups and service organizations based on the number of volunteer hours each organization logs at the Festival. For many of these groups, the Festival is the biggest—and sometimes the only—fundraiser of the year. In 2019 over 4,000 volunteers logged 37,734 hours at the three-day event.

2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival President Shawn Keck said, “This year more than ever we are grateful for the tireless dedication of our volunteers. All of their hard work provides essential funding for many of our community’s most valued organizations.”

Attendance for the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival was up more than five percent, at 84,830. Gross income for 2019 was projected to be about 13 percent higher, at $3.08M. Expenses remained flat at $3.13M. At the end of the fiscal year, organizers expect a net loss of approximately $100,000, which is a significant improvement over the $400,000 loss in 2018.

Incoming 2020 Gilroy Garlic Festival President Tom Cline explained, “Our leadership team is already working on next year’s budget and looking at more ways to enhance this event while supporting our many community partners who count on the Festival for vital funding. This year was a very challenging one, but we are committed to continuing the progress we have made—and are looking forward to Garlic Festival 42 at Christmas Hill Park in July 2020.”


About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 42nd annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be on July 24, 25, and 26, 2020, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. The Gilroy Garlic Festival has been officially certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as the world’s largest garlic festival and draws thousands of garlic-loving guests from around the globe every year. This three-day celebration features gourmet garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and fun for the whole family. For more information, go to


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