Meet and greet with Miss Destin

Tina Harbuck
Some of Alyssa Bettinger's friends came by the reception. Standing from left to right are Molly Bettinger, Kacie Daugherty, Waylon Steele, Bettinger, Colby Biggs and Madison Henry.

More than 75 friends, family, captains and volunteers with the Destin Fishing Rodeo turned out Thursday evening at the Inn on Destin Harbor for the 11th annual Meet Miss Destin reception in honor of Miss Destin 2015 Alyssa Bettinger.

Alyssa, the daughter of Joe and Mary Lynne Bettinger, will serve as Miss Destin and greet anglers and pose for countless photographs during the upcoming 67th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo that kicks off Thursday morning on the docks behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar.

On Thursday night, AJ’s supplied the food for the reception, as many locals came by to wish Alyssa well as she serves as an ambassador for Destin.