Destin Fishing Rodeo fanatics don’t have to wait until October to get a T-shirt or two for this year’s tournament.
Destin Fishing Rodeo T-shirts are now available for purchase online at destinfishingrodeo.org or at their office located at 103 Stahlman Ave. The prices range from $25 to $30, with a variety of colors to choose from.
“We want to get them out for our summer tourist,” said Helen Donaldson, the Rodeo’s executive director. “Everybody can’t make it in October, but still want their Rodeo T-shirts.”
Donaldson said about 2,000 T-shirts are ready for purchase and in September the big order will arrive for all Rodeo participates and visitors.
“Later on we will also have more merchandise like hats, sweat shirt, jackets and more,” she said.
In September, T-shirts will also be available at Half Hitch Tackle & Bait shop, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster gift shop, and the Harborwalk Marina.
On Wednesday, Rodeo members were folding and stocking up the display racks at their office with T-shirts.
“The fall is my favorite season and this is a fun way to get ready for the fishing rodeo,” said Angela Hayles, this year’s tournament chairwoman. “We love to go fishing and can’t wait to go out and watch the weigh-ins.”
Hayles said she has been a board member for the past eight years and this year it was her turn to take on the duty as the chairwoman.
“(The Destin Fishing Rodeo) is part of our lives and it’s an investment for the community as well.” she said.