Blue Devils celebrating town, team Saturday
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 08, 2011 | 3027 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova High School student Jannie Roberts will be singing “Darkest Day,” her song about the April 27 tragedy, at Blue Devil Day Saturday. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Cordova High School student Jannie Roberts will be singing “Darkest Day,” her song about the April 27 tragedy, at Blue Devil Day Saturday. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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Football fans in Cordova are gearing up for Blue Devil Day.

“I know a lot of people are ready to get football season started so we can have something to look forward to,” said Stacy Sickles, secretary of the Cordova Quarterback Club.

Saturday’s pep rally for the boys in blue will also include a special program related to the April 27 tornadoes.

Jannie Roberts, a 10th grade student at Cordova High School, will be performing a song she wrote days after her hometown was devastated by an EF4.

Jannie said “Darkest Day” is a tribute to those who died in the storm and others like her best friend who lost everything they owned.

“I wrote it for her to keep her head up, but now I realize it can help other people who went through the same thing,” Jannie said.

Cordova’s Long-Term Recovery Committee will be distributing information about the rebuilding effort during Blue Devil Day.

The Cordova Fire Department will be selling T-shirts and accepting donations to help replace the equipment and facility that were lost in the tornado.

Project Rebound, an initiative of the Alabama Department of Mental Health that provides disaster relief, will also be represented at a booth on Saturday.

Sickles said more than 25 vendors are scheduled to attend.

New Blue Devil merchandise will be available and some items from previous years will be discounted.

Refreshments ranging from hamburgers and hot dogs to snow cones and ice cream will be served. Entertainment and activities such as face painting and a water slide will also be provided.

Over $1,000 worth of door prizes will be given away throughout the day.

Blue Devil Day will start at 3 p.m. at the Old Park. A pep rally will be held at 7 p.m.

Admission is free. Tents will be provided for shade, but residents are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.

“I think if the weather stays good, it’s going to be a great day,” Sickles said.

For more information about Blue Devil Day, contact Sickles at 275-1145.