Destin Fishing Rodeo

Sponsored by Emerald Coast Tourist Development Council

2014 Program Book

October 1st - 31st, Destin Fishing Rodeo


Come join the fun....weigh-ins are FREE and open to the public everyday on the docks at AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar from 10 am until 7 p.m.

Bring the sure to see our "Just For Kids" activities.
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October 2015

67th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo
October 1st - 31st, 10 am to 7 pm
Free Event

Come join us at the 67th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Weigh-Ins are everyday behind AJ's from 10 am - 7 pm.

Shark Saturdays
October 17th, 24th and 31th

Hang 'Em High is the slogan of this year's Shark Saturday! Book your shark hunt today! Every Saturday in October is Shark Saturday. We anticipate seeing some monsters brought in! The largest shark every Saturday wins a cash prize. Come join the fun!

Bruce Cheves Day
Friday, October 16th

Come to the docks and celebrate the day the City of Destin has declared BRUCE CHEVES DAY! Our own weighmaster will be holding court (not in court!) and telling some of his best tales this day.

Ringing of the Bell
Friday, October 16th, 5 pm

Each year 5 pm on Bruce Cheves Day, the Rodeo celebrates the lives and legends of those we lost this year.

Kids FallFest
Friday, October 16th, 1 to 3 pm
Free Event

Celebrate autumn on the Destin Harbor with the Kids FallFest, a free family-friendly event on Friday, October 16 from 1 - 3 pm. Join AJ's and The Destin Fishing Rodeo as they bring you fun activities including face painting, arts & crafts, and pumpkin decorating.

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Destin Fishing Rodeo Kid’s Wagon Boat Parade
Friday, October 16th, 2 to 4 pm
Free Event (elementary school-aged children)

67th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo Kid’s Wagon Boat Parade at AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar. Celebrate the Destin Fishing Rodeo by kicking it off with the Kids Wagon parade. A free family-friendly event on the Destin harbor Friday October 16 from 2 - 4 pm at AJ's.

Decorate your wagon to look like a sailing sloop, charter boat, pirate ship or bathtub!!! Whatever your boat designer kid dreams up! Join AJ's and the Destin Fishing Rodeo as they bring you fun activities including face painting, arts and crafts, the wagon parade, and more. There is no registration fee, and is open for elementary school-aged children.

Rootin Tootin Rodeo Round-Up
Saturday, October 17th, 8 am to Noon
Limited to 150 Anglers 12 and Under
$10.00 Entry Fee (includes pier fee, tee-shirt, bait, rod and reel, lunch)

Okaloosa Island Pier
Registration 8 – 8:45 am
Fishing 9 - 11 am
Lunch 11 am

Bring your child 12 and under to the Okaloosa Island Pier for a fun-filled morning of fishing on the pier. Registration for the round-up is in person from 8 – 8:45 am with fishing from 9 – 11 am and ends with lunch on the dock. The event for 2015 is strictly limited to 150 anglers. The $10.00 entry fee includes pier fee for the angler and his/her parents, a tee-shirt, bait, a rod and reel to keep and lunch.

Halloween on the Harbor!
Saturday, October 31st
Free Event

Wear your costume and join Rodeo Captains, Anglers, Rodeo Judges, Miss Destin and staff to be a part of the largest Halloween Party in Destin. Don’t miss a minute of this fun night at the Rodeo that ends with a Bang as AJ’s sponsors the Rodeo/Halloween Fireworks Finale!

November 2015

67th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo Awards
Thursday, November 5th, 5:30 pm
Free Event

The lucky anglers, captains, and mates will be given their prizes in a festive, fun, casual gathering downstairs at AJ's!

January 2016

Annual Rodeo Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 28th, 6:30 pm
Members Only Event

The meeting is open to all members of the Rodeo. Dress is casual and hors d’ oeuvres are free. AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar. This is a Members Only event. Membership fees must be paid prior to the meeting.

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