Become the next Artichoke Queen

The California Artichoke Festival is proud to announce its annual search for the 2024 Artichoke Queen. This esteemed competition celebrates young women who demonstrate academic excellence, community involvement, and a passion for the state’s favorite thistle, the artichoke.

Application Deadline: May 7, 2024

Miss Division: 

Ages 18-24 (College-Age)


1st Place
Scholarship of $1000

2nd Place

3rd Place

Crate of artichokes (for all 3)
Other awards 


Must be attending a college, university, or trade school OR has graduated from one, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 – (proof of transcript)

Must be knowledgeable about artichokes, the artichoke festival, and the first artichoke queen – This will be part of the interview process


Competition Phases:

Before the Festival

Candidates will submit applications by May 7, followed by a private interview to select the top 10 finalists. Candidates will engage in discussions about their personal motivations, their understanding of artichokes, and their vision for representing the festival.

During the Festival

Activities will include a themed Fun Fashion show, a 60-second on-stage pitch, presentation of short videos, formal wear, and a community spotlight segment. The event culminates in the crowning ceremony.

Duties of the Artichoke Queen

The winner will assume various responsibilities, including year-round communication with the festival committee, participation in parades, and crowning the next queen.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply and access further details about the competition requirements below.

Artichoke queen application form