If you’ve ever wanted to become a part of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, you’ll get your chance Thursday.
The Destin Fishing Rodeo, which is celebrating it’s 72nd year and is Destin’s oldest tradition, will be holding its annual membership meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar in Destin.
The Rodeo is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that promotes recreational fishing within Destin, fosters good sportsmanship and safe fishing among the general public by providing an organized competition for recreational fisherman, according to a Rodeo news release.
The Rodeo is a month-long fishing tournament that last then entire month of October, drawing in more than 35,000 anglers from all over the United States. The tournament has a spot on the leaderboard for almost every species that can be legally caught in local waters.
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In addition to the fishing tournament, the Rodeo also participates in the Destin Seafood Festival and coordinates the Miss Destin Pageant.
So the profile of a Rodeo member is varied.
“We want everyone in Destin to be a part of the fishing Rodeo. We need people whose interests range from fishing to beauty pageants and everything in between,” said Helen Donaldson, executive director of the Rodeo.
Rodeo memberships are available for $25 for individuals and $35 for families. Corporate memberships are $75. Memberships are available online at destinfishingrodeo.org, by phone at 837-6734 or you can sign up at the annual membership meeting.
The meeting on Thursday is open to all members of the Rodeo, new and existing, AJ’s will be providing complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres.
“AJ’s always makes certain that the food is yummy and everyone has a good time,” Donaldson said.
Also at the meeting, directors for the 2020 Rodeo will be elected and committee sign-up sheets will be available. Folks will get the chance to sign up for such committees as the Rules and Awards, Miss Destin Pageant, Rodeo Judges and Social Media.
As for the directors, there are three current directors’ terms that are up on the day of the meeting and the membership will elect directors based on the slate of candidates recommended by the nominating committee.
This year’s slate of candidates include long-time Rodeo volunteers, participants and captains. They are Jake Brashears, Tina Harbuck and Eric Thrasher. There will also be a space for a write-in as well. Voting is limited to members in good standing.