Congratulations to 2017 Queen Maggie Pickford and her court!
Maggie Pickford (seated, second from left) was crowned the 2017 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen at the annual scholarship pageant held on May 13 at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. Queen Maggie and her court represented the 39th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival at numerous pre-Festival activities and throughout the three days of the Festival.
About the Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival 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. This year's pageant was held on Saturday, May 13 at the Gilroy Gardens Lakeside Amphitheater.
The Queen and her Court represent Gilroy at various festivities leading up to the Festival. They have the opportunity to make guest appearances in local print and electronic 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.
Applications for the 2018 pageant will be available in February.
2017 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Maggie Pickford
Currently a senior at Gilroy High School, 2017 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Maggie Pickford plans to attend UCLA in the fall. As Queen, she was awarded the $1,000 top prize from the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association (GGFA) as well as a $7,500 scholarship from Christopher Ranch. Pickford also won the Talent Competition with a classical violin performance and was awarded $100 from The District Theater.
The rest of the 2017 royal garlic court includes First Runner-Up Kylie Kuwada, who received $500 from GGFA and $3,500 from Christopher Ranch; and Second Runners-Up Emily Boykin and Lexy Cartwright, who each received $250 from GGFA and $2,500 from Christopher Ranch. Princesses Lindsey Buessing, Mariah Carpenter, Mary McClelland, Macey Lee Mitchell, and Adrianna Molina were each awarded $1,000 from Christopher Ranch.
Mary McClelland was named “Miss Congeniality” and awarded $100 from Gilroy Construction. Emily Boykin received a $100 prize from Gilroy Construction as winner of the Speech Competition and also received the Olam Scholarship ($1,000) as well as the Past Presidents’ Scholarship ($1,650). Lexy Cartwright won both the Past Queens’ Scholarship ($430) and Founding Fathers’ Scholarship ($500). Adrianna Molina received the Franca Barsi Miss Gilroy Garlic 1986 Memorial Scholarship ($500).
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, owner of Gilroy Golf Course. Over $24,000 in scholarship prizes were awarded to this year’s contestants.
Photos by Lora Schraft