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Ready for Rooster Day!

Something for everyone is the goal of Rooster Day April 8, and organizers have lined up a park full of events for the whole family.

Beginning with a Cock’s Crow 5K race at 8 a.m. over a new course, activities for the second annual Rooster Day will be centered in the Public Square in historic downtown Demopolis.

Rooster Day commemorates the infamous Rooster Auction held in Demopolis in 1919 to build a bridge across the Tombigbee River between Marengo and Sumter counties completing a highway linking Savannah, Ga., and San Diego, Calif. That road is not U.S. Highway 80.

The Marengo County Historical Society is sponsoring Rooster Day with proceeds going toward the upkeep of the society’s historic homes and toward the its activities during the year.

Col. Bridges, the 20-foot rooster that joined the festivities this year, will be looking over the park as craftsmen, artisans, food vendors, entertainment and “Coop Games” for children get underway.

Booths will have woodworking, pottery, recycled and vintage jewelry, soaps, leather goods, oil and watercolor paintings and glass works. Area crafters and artists representing all parts of Alabama as well as Mississippi and Florida are expected to offer their wares.

Entertainment on the stage will feature a comedian, an Elvis impersonator, singers, dancers and musicians and even a chicken calling contest.

A petting zoo will highlight the children’s section of the festival. Kids also can take part in games and crafts that even adults will enjoy.

Surrounding the square will be local restaurants and organizations offering a range of food items from tamales to hot dogs.

Activities in the park conclude at 4 p.m. Rooster Day will end with a silent and live auction at Lyon Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the auction are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information on Rooster Day and the lineup of activities, visit www.roosterdaydemopolis.com.