Four local girls are gearing up to compete in the 2018 Miss Destin pageant, which is free to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Destin Community Center.

The girls have different talents and interests, but something they all have in common: they love fish and they love Destin!

Below is a look at each of the girls. Make sure to attend the Miss Destin pageant to see who will be crowned the queen of this year’s Destin Fishing Rodeo!

Lauren Adams, 16

School: Fort Walton Beach High School

Parents: Billie and Kristi Adams

Most of my time is spent doing cross country, soccer, track and field and hanging out with my friends and family at the beach.

I would like to be Miss Destin 2018 because I have dreamed of it ever since I was a little girl and was going to the Fishing Rodeo. And now that I'm 16, I can fulfill that dream.

I believe I would be a good Miss Destin because I'm a very outgoing person, I love talking about our beautiful community we call our home. I love God, my family and all the people in our small town. This is where I grew up and it's is something I want to help change for the better.

Ellen Brown, 16

School: Niceville High School

Parents: Alexandra and Jerry Brown

Most of my time is spent doing schoolwork, but outside of school I enjoy singing and playing guitar, paddleboarding and going to the beach.

I would like to be Miss Destin 2018 because I absolutely love Destin. I have traveled (to)many places and I believe Destin is the prettiest of them all. Destin has the best quality of life and I would love to represent this beautiful town.

I believe I would be a good Miss Destin because I am very outgoing - my parents say I have never met a stranger! My heart is in this city and I would lo anything and everything in my power to show everyone I meet how wonderful this city is.

Danielle Locht, 17

School: Fort Walton Beach High School

Parents: David Locht

Most of my time is spent doing leadership and community service, studying, athletics and fishing all year round.

I would like to be Miss Destin 2018 because when I was younger I saw Miss Destin in 2007 in a parade and promised my mom, who passed away, I would do it. Also, this community is why I am who I am today and I would love to represent it.

I believe I would be a good Miss Destin because the Destin community means the world to me, and being able to represent it would be a huge honor. I am very involved with the community and the Rodeo. I volunteer every year in the booths, and fishing is my favorite hobby, especially cobia season.

Brooke Ashton O'Keefe, 16

School: Fort Walton Beach High School

Parents: Amy O'Keefe and the late Stephen O'Keefe

Most of my time is spent studying, going to cheerleading practice, spending quality time with my family and friends and volunteering with various community projects through my Leadership Program. On Sundays, you can find me at Shoreline Church.

I would like to be Miss Destin 2018 because I feel that this position calls to my heart. When I first saw Miss Destin, I was 4 years old. It was then that I told both of my parents that I wanted to fill that title when I was older. It seems unreal that the time has come that I am eligible to try to fulfill my dream. I would be honored to meet new people as a representative of Destin, my city that has been abundantly generous  with its love to me and my family.

I believe I would be a good Miss Destin for the city that I hold very dear to my heart. As early as I can remember, my father has taken me down to the docks. That's where I caught my first fish, where I fell in love with this amazing city and where I first new I wanted to be Miss Destin. From a young age, my family has instilled in me a love for this community and all of its simplicity, beauty and growth. I enjoy meeting new people and helping them discover more about the city I love.