Not all have done it, but for the past 10 years, Destin's royalty has dug in and gotten their hands dirty.
And Thursday was the day Miss Destin Caroline Oswalt decided to get to the guts of the rodeo. As tradition has it, Caroline cut in to a king mackerel and pulled the guts out getting it ready to go on the scales on Day 24 of the 65th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo.
"This is really gross," Caroline said as she reached around inside the fish to make sure she had all the guts. At one point she flinched and made a face, but she made it through the tradition of Miss Destin cleaning a fish.
"Everybody has been hassling me about doing it," she said. But most all of the fish have been gutted when they come to the scales, as per direction in the rodeo rules. "I haven't had a chance."
However, on Thursday she saw her opportunity when Capt. B.J. Teems on the Realin Scripts backed in with a king mackerel to put on the scales. The fish had not been gutted and she asked, without coercion, to gut the fish.
Rodeo volunteer Ann White and weighmaster Bruce Cheves instructed her in what to do and she made it through the process in royal fashion.