Six teenage girls are about to begin the journey to become Miss Destin 2019 — but only one of them will get to wear the crown and sash.
Makenzie Coe, Khloe' L. Johnson (Silver), Lauren Adams, Danielle Locht, Marlee Tobik and Brooke O'Keefe will all be competing for the title.
Adams, Locht and O'Keefe participated in the competition last year. Helen Donaldson, the executive director of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, said she can't remember ever having three former contestants compete again.
"I think that kind of attests to how much fun the contest is itself," she said. "We're really excited about that."
The pageant will be held at the Destin Community Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13. But before the contestants get there, they will have to attend three mandatory events to show the Destin Fishing Rodeo Committee and the pageant judges who they are and what they're all about.
The first event is the Miss Destin Soda Party on Tuesday at the Destin History and Fishing Museum. The girls and their families will be able to meet each other and the committee and will be assigned a project.
"Generally it's a poster or a decorating a T-shirt or a hat," Donaldson said. "It just gives you an idea about their interests and kind of shows if their heart's in it."
Next is the Harbor Cruise aboard The Southern Star at 2:45 p.m.Tuesday, April 2, where the girls will be asked to present their project to the rodeo committee. The judges may or may not ask to see the contestant's projects, so there is no advantage if a contestant does well on her project.
Finally, the three pageant judges will meet and have the opportunity to talk to the girls at the Judge's Tea from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Each contestant will spend 15-20 minutes talking to the judges one-on-one and answering any questions they may have.
For the five days leading up to the pageant, the girls will rehearse and practice for at least two hours, making sure they put their best foot forward at the event.
"From what I've seen so far, it looks like we have a really good group," Donaldson said. "I'm glad I'm not a judge."