With the 69th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo a little more than a month away, the call for volunteers to judge has been made.

What is a Rodeo judge?

A Rodeo judge comes in all sizes and ages. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to be at the Rodeo at an appointed time and ready to have fun. Judges will record names and where anglers are from as they bring in their fish as well as record times and weights and other information that will be provided.

“We’ve started sending out the invitations this week,” said Destin Rodeo executive director Helen Donaldson.

The invitations were sent out to those who participated as a judge last year as well as Rodeo members. However, if interested don’t hesitate to contact Donaldson at the Rodeo office by calling 837-6734.

“Everybody is so excited and the response has been great,” she said.

Donaldson has already received 40 responses back to fill time slots throughout the 31 days of October.

Each day there will be two time slots to fill, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then 2-7 p.m. on the Rodeo barge located behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar located on Destin harbor. The morning shift is usually manned by two people while the afternoon can take as many as three or four, depending on the day.

If you have received a notification in the mail or by email, Donaldson is asking that forms be returned no later than Aug. 31 to be placed on the schedule.

Also there will be an important judges meeting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13, at the Destin Community Center. Volunteers need to attend this meeting to hear about any new rules or any changes, and to receive their schedule for the month.

Each volunteer will receive a Rodeo T-shirt on the day they show up to judge, which can be picked up at the Rodeo site office or the merchandise trailer at the Rodeo.

For more information or sign up to serve, call 837-6734.