July 26, 27 & 28, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kylie Kuwada Crowned 2019 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen
May 20, 2019 (Gilroy, CA): 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.
2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Kylie Kuwada
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.
First Runner-Up was Lilly Higgins, who received $500 from GGFA and $5,000 from Christopher Ranch.
The rest of the 2019 royal garlic court includes Second Runner-Up Lauryn Longoria from Vanguard University, who received $250 from GGFA and $3,000 from Christopher Ranch, and princesses Amaya Leyba-Guerra, Simran Sihra, Jenessa Andrade, Katie Van Horn, Brianna Budelli, Rae Ceballos, and Gisselle Oliveira, who were each awarded $1,500 from Christopher Ranch.
In other special awards, Katie Van Horn from Gilroy High School was awarded the Founding Fathers scholarship of $500, and Brianna Budelli was awarded the Olam scholarship of $1,000. Amaya Leyba-Guerra from Gilroy High School was named Miss Congeniality.
Queen Pageant Chair Katie Alatorre said, “We are very excited for Queen Kylie and all of our wonderful contestants. Special thanks to Christopher Ranch for their generosity, New Hope Community Church for hosting this very special event, and to everyone who attended.”
Over 120 people attended the pageant, which was held at New Hope Community Church in Gilroy and emceed by Andrea Yafai. Pageant judges included Ken Christopher, Stephanie Vegh, Dewey Lucero, Claudia Sandoval, and Shay Matthews (Youth Judge). Over $32,000 in scholarship prizes were awarded to this year’s contestants.
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 Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be on July 26, 27, and 28, 2019, 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 www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.
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