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Ocean Springs artist wins Blessing of Fleet poster contest for second time

COURTESY SCOTT RUSHINGOcean Springs artist Scott Rushing's painting will be used on the 2016 poster for the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet.
COURTESY SCOTT RUSHINGOcean Springs artist Scott Rushing's painting will be used on the 2016 poster for the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet.

BILOXI -- Ocean Springs artist Scott Rushing Jr.'s artwork will grace the poster for the 2016 Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet. The blessing festivities are scheduled for June 2-5, with the actual blessing set to take place Sunday, June 5.

Rushing's poster was unveiled Wednesday afternoon at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

This is the second time one of Rushing's paintings has been selected for the poster.

"It's an honor to have been chosen," he said. "I can't believe it's happened again -- I'm on cloud nine."

He said his painting has not yet been named.

"I get so inspired by the people and the scenery on the Coast, and I hope the painting reflects that."

Frank Parker has been named Shrimp King, an honor long associated with the blessing.

Parker is a sixth-generation native of Biloxi. He is the captain and owner of the shrimping vessel Fair Maiden.

Joining Parker in the royal court will be the Shrimp Queen, who will be selected during the Fais-Do-Do on June 4.

Queen candidates are Blair Doyle of St. Patrick Catholic High School; Shelby Braun of Ocean Springs High School; Devann Delaneuville of D'Iberville High School; Julie Creel of Mississippi State University; Gabbie Creel of St. Martin High School; Paige Jimerson of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; Marie Massey of St. Martin High School; and Jordan Wescovich of St. Martin High School.

The Blessing of the Fleet will kick off June 2 with a memorial for deceased fishermen at St. Michael Catholic Church at 6 p.m. The Slavonian Lodge will host a seafood kickoff at 5 p.m. June 3.

The Fais-Do-Do at the Point Cadet Pavilion will begin at 10 a.m. The Blessing of the Fleet will conclude the festivities Sunday in the Biloxi Channel at 2 p.m.

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