Sloane Pace Crowned 2018 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen

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



Sloane Pace Crowned 2018 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen

May 7, 2018 (Gilroy, CA): 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.

In other special awards, Lauryn Longoria was named “Miss Congeniality.” Melinda Colbert won the Past Presidents award and a $950 scholarship. Kylie Kuwada was selected for both the Founding Fathers Award (a $500 prize) as well as the Past Queens Award ($475).

Queen Pageant Chair Katie Alatorre said, “Congratulations to all of our wonderful contestants! It was an amazing day, and everyone did a fantastic job. Special thanks to Gilroy Gardens for hosting this very special event, and to everyone who attended.”

Over 200 people attended the pageant, which was held at the Lakeside Amphitheater stage at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park and emceed by Don DeLorenzo, manager of Gilroy Golf Course. Ken Christopher, Madison Emmert, Lori Kent, Ignacio Moya, and Michele Pierson served as pageant judges. Over $33,000 in scholarship prizes were awarded to this year’s contestants.

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


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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