Calling all future garlic queens

Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Tiffani Petersen waves to the

Ahoy, garlicky royalty hopefuls of 2012: The time is nigh to fill out and submit your applications for the 34th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Pageant.

Qualified participants interested in becoming a regal representative of the Garlic Capital should pick up an application from the Garlic Festival office at 7473 Monterey St. downtown, or download the form by clicking here.

The Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Pageant is a scholarship-driven competition that judges contestants on a personal interview, speech, talent and evening gown. In addition to the honorary titles of queen, first and second runner-up, a number of scholarships will also be awarded to pageant contestants.

Applicants must be a resident of Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Hollister, San Juan Bautista or Aromas; a single female who has never been married and has no children; a high school graduate by June 2012; and between the ages of 18 and 24 by July 2012. The deadline to submit a completed application is no later than 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 3.

The Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Pageant is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 31 at the Gavilan College Theater, located at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. in Gilroy.

Details: For more information, call the Garlic Festival office at (408) 842-1625.

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