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The Destin Fishing Rodeo Starts Today!

The Destin Fishing Rodeo Starts Today!

Destin Seafood Festival

Photo courtesy of Florida’s Emerald Coast

Happy October 1st, everyone! We love October for many reasons, but our favorite reason of all – the Destin Fishing Rodeo starts today! People from all across the country are coming to Destin to participate in the rodeo. When you drive into Destin from Fort Walton Beach, you have likely seen the sign welcoming you into Destin. You’ll also have noticed that the sign says “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and “Home of the Destin Fishing Rodeo.” This is what brings visitors to Destin in October! The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a great part of Destin’s history and invites anglers of all ages to participate.

Fishing is not the only part of the rodeo – weigh-ins are free and open each day to the public! Come on down to AJ’s from 10 AM until 7 PM to see what kinds of fish people are catching in Destin’s waters. There are also Rodeo events, including the Destin Seafood Festival during the first weekend in October and the 2019 Destin 5K Rodeo Run on October 6th. This run starts at Clement Taylor Park and takes you through historic Destin neighborhoods. Proceeds benefit the Miss Destin Scholarship fund; register here!

Breakers East Beach View

Breakers East in Destin

Did you know that the Destin Fishing Rodeo began in May 1948? It was originally pitched as a way to bring more visitors to Destin, and boy did it work! This is what launched Destin as a summer vacation destination. Not too long afterward, the founders of the Destin Fishing Rodeo decided to extend the Rodeo through October in order to lengthen the tourist season just one more month. October is a great time of year to visit Destin as it is; the Fishing Rodeo is just an added bonus!

Are you fishing for a vacation rental during the month of October? Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have a sea of vacation rentals in Destin for the month of October that we think you’ll love. Come stay for the Destin Fishing Rodeo, or just to get away! Check out condo rentals at Breakers East in Destin. A great beachfront location plus close proximity to the Destin Harbor where the Fishing Rodeo takes place; what more could you ask for?

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