US Centers for Disease control wins scarecrow contest with Edgar Allan Crow

31 October 2013 - Atlanta, USA - The Centers for Disease Control’s Communications, Education and Behavioral Studies Branch has won a prize at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens scarecrow contest with a tuberculosis (TB) themed scarecrow.

Their scarecrow, named Edgar Allan Crow, won first place in the contest’s non-professional entry category. The name refers to writer Edgar Allan Poe, whose family was haunted by TB, losing several family members to the disease.

A poem, displayed next to the scarecrow titled A-Ravin’ Against TB!, is loosely based on The Raven and includes TB messages.

Every autumn, the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, hosts a contest entitled Scarecrows in the Garden. Groups and individuals design and create their own scarecrows. These creations remain displayed throughout the garden during October. Judges select first-, second-, and third-place winners; professional and non-professional entries are judged in separate categories.

Edgar, the scariest TB educational product the Centers for Disease Control has developed, is on display at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s website, where the winners’ photos are posted (see the Non-Professional Entry Winners 2013):