Five Miss Destin hopefuls have applied to represent the Destin Fishing Rodeo this fall.
According to Helen Donaldson, executive director of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, the number of applicants is a little on the low end. In the past they’ve had anywhere from four to 11 contestants.
The future Miss Destin will be the ambassador for the Destin Fishing Rodeo for 31 days and make appearances in the community throughout the year.
The applicants for this year’s Miss Destin are:
Lauren Adams, 16, Fort Walton Beach High School Alexis Bosnake, 17, Fort Walton Beach High School Ellen Brown, 16, Niceville High School Danielle Locht, 17, Fort Walton Beach High School Brooke O’Keefe, 16, Fort Walton Beach High School "Each day in October, Miss Destin will come to the Rodeo after school to take photos with fishermen and their catches as well as little kids. It’s a time commitment," Donaldson said.
There are several social events happening before the Miss Destin Pageant, which takes place on Saturday, April 21 at the Destin Community Center.
Applicants will attend the Miss Destin Soda Party on March 27 at the Destin History and Fishing Museum, where they will be able to talk with last year’s Miss Destin, Rachel McMullen and mingle with other contestants.
Four judges have been chosen for the pageant and their identities will remain secret.
"The judges are all chosen very carefully to make sure that they don’t have an affiliation with any of the contestants," Donaldson said.
The new Miss Destin will be crowned based on her communication skills, her personality, and her ability to fulfill the requirements for representing the Destin Fishing Rodeo.
"The girls wear a ball gown, do an easy, simple little dance, and their biographies are read to the audience and judges," said Donaldson.
After the Soda Party on March 27, the Judge’s Tea will take place on April 15, where the contestants will meet the judges and have a one-on-one interview with them.