Florida Seafood Festival celebrates ‘way of life’

King Retsyo Smokey Parrish and Miss Florida Seafood Christina Collins. Photo available for purchase

King Retsyo Smokey Parrish and Miss Florida Seafood Christina Collins.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 03:20 PM.


“We expect it to be one of the best,” said John Solomon, president of the non-profit that oversees the affair. “It’s shaping up to be a very good one. There’s a lot of growth and interest this year in the festival.”

As proof of his assertion, Solomon cited Saturday evening’s headline entertainment, country star Lee Brice, whose hit song “Hard to Love” has reached number one on Billboard's Country Song Chart.

Two days before he steps on stage, Brice will be at the Country Music Awards, striding the red carpet with his fiancée as he waits to learn whether he will take home the honor of being selected Best New Artist of the Year.

But more than even music, the festival is about the rich, and stressed, bounty from the sea that has made Franklin County renowned.

Selected as King Retsyo this year is County Commissioner Smokey Parrish, and he’ll be escorting his queen, Franklin County High School senior Christina Collins, the student-athlete selected from amongst robust competition at an August pageant for the honor of Miss Florida Seafood.

Collins, daughter of Cindy Collins and Johnny Collins, has plans to study mathematics at Florida State University before returning to Franklin County to work in the family business. She had a bevy of appearances in recent days, a parade in Perry, a TV appearance in Panama City , and looks forward to representing the seafood industry.

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