Right now the question of having a Miss Destin Pageant is up in the air like most things since the coronavirus has swooped into the area.
Like school and so many other things, the pageant and all the events surrounding the selection of the next Miss Destin might look a bit different this year. But rest assured, there will be a Miss Destin who will serve at the 72nd annual Destin Fishing Rodeo.
The Rodeo, Destin’s longest running tradition, is a month-long fishing tournament that takes place in October drawing anglers from all over the United States to compete for cash and prizes.
How that selection of Miss Destin will look, is the question.
“We have seven girls,” said Helen Donaldson executive director of the Destin Fishing Rodeo.
The seven girls vying for the title of Miss Destin are Lauren Adams, Adriana Figueroa, Khloe Johnson-Silver, Anna Marie Knowles, Theresa LaNasse, Kaylie Sparks and Marlee Tobik.
“We still don’t have an answer on the pageant and the other events,” Donaldson said.
Usually leading up to the pageant, which is currently scheduled for May 9, there are several fun-filled social events planned where contestants and parents meet pageant officials and judges. There is usually a boat ride aboard the Southern Star and a Judges’ Tea.
But with President Donald Trump calling for “social distancing” until the end of April, the Rodeo is not sure what events will take place.
The Destin Community Center, where the pageant is usually held, is currently closed to programs and gatherings until at least the end of April.
So does that mean no pageant?
Although no final decisions have been made, Donaldson said one possibility may be to do interviews with the girls via Skype and let the judges make a decision as to who will be Miss Destin 2020.
“I hate it for the girls because it’s such a fun pageant, but we have to stay safe and we all have to keep each other safe,” Donaldson said.
But for now, “No decisions have been made. We are just going to take it a step at a time and praying we can get back to normal soon,” she added.