Gilroy Garlic Festival’s 40th Queen to Be Crowned on May 6

2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 27, 28 and 29, 2018



Gilroy Garlic Festival’s 40th Queen to Be Crowned on May 6

April 26, 2018 (Gilroy, CA):

Every year since 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival has crowned a “Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen” to reign over the festivities. This year’s 40th annual Queen Pageant will be held at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm on the Lakeside Amphitheater stage.

Katie Alatorre, Chair of the Queen Pageant Committee, said, “All of our contestants are excited to be part of the Gilroy Garlic Festival’s 40th annual celebration! We encourage everyone to come out to see these incredibly lovely and talented young women competing in a beautiful setting at Gilroy Gardens.”

Ten contestants will be 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 2018 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.

This year’s contestants include Searra Harding (17) and Sloane Pace (17) from Gilroy High School; Jennesa Andrade (18), Melinda Colbert (17), and Lauryn Longoria (17) from Christopher High School; Frida Arias (18) from the Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy; Adrianna Molina (19) from Gavilan College; Sophia Bocher (24) and Kylie Kuwada (19), both students at Cal Poly; and Marciel Gomez (18), who attends the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Kathleen Bendel was elected the very first Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen back in 1979. Though hairstyles and fashion have changed a lot since then, the queen’s duties remain much the same. 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 27, 28 and 29 at Christmas Hill Park. They 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 welcoming guests and having a garlicky good time.

Pre-sale pageant tickets will be available for purchase from any of the contestants or in the Garlic Festival Office for $15 (pageant only) or $20 (pageant and dinner reception immediately following). On the day of the event, tickets for the pageant only may be purchased at the gate for $20. Separate Gilroy Gardens park admission is not required for this event. For more information, go to


About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The Gilroy Garlic Festival will be celebrating 40 years of family fun on July 27, 28, and 29, 2018, 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 over 100,000 guests from around the world. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, 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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