Rodeo merchandise selling fast

Sheri Kotzum | 315-4353 | @DestinLogSheri |
Trailer Girl Gerry Roy helps a customer make a purchase at the Rodeo's T-shirt trailer. [SHERI KOTZUM/THE LOG]

Everyone knows you have to get a Rodeo T-shirt if you go to the Destin Fishing Rodeo but your time (and size) is running out.

“We don’t have very many short sleeves,” said Trailer Girl volunteer Gerry Roy. “We sold all the big sizes first.”

When the Fishing Rodeo started at the beginning of October, the T-shirt trailer was packed to the gills with a variety of shirts. Now, the bins and cabinets are almost empty.

“We’re down to mostly long sleeves now so this cool weather ought to help us out,” Roy said.

The biggest seller is the T-shirt with the traditional Destin Fishing Rodeo design, marking its 70th year. Another fan favorite is The Giddy-Up, which has a blonde bombshell riding the back of a shark.

“They go to the Giddy-up, if their wife’s not with them,” Roy said with a smirk.

The least popular is a more simple T-shirt with a picture of a swordfish and “Destin Fishing Rodeo, Est 1948” printed on the front.

“It’s less busy,” Roy said. “I like it.”

“We have that one in different colors, but to me it’s not a hot item,” added Trailer Girl volunteer Joan Granhan.

Aside from T-shirts, the trailer also has coffee mugs, stickers, hats, key chains and more. But even those items are quickly disappearing.

“We don’t have but two or three visors left and a handful of coffee mugs,” Roy said.

One of the most expensive items sold from the white trailer is the official Destin Rodeo jacket, which sells for $200 a piece.

“They were specially embroidered for us and that’s why they’re $200,” Roy said. “We were a little worried they wouldn’t sell because their price went up this year but we sold six over the weekend.”

Even though the cooler temps might not last long, the Trailer Girls aren’t worried about having shirts left over after the Rodeo ends in seven days.

“We’ll probably sell everything because whatever is left by next Tuesday or Wednesday will go on sale,” Roy said. “But then people will come up and be like ‘Oh, you don’t have my size!’ and they’ll just buy a larger size and make it work.”