Scarecrow contest, event share theme

The Jennings County Tourism Board’s annual scarecrow contest is encouraging participants this year to tie the theme of their entries to that of the local public library’s Community Big Read program: the works of writer Edgar Allan Poe.

“We’re not saying all the scarecrows must have an Edgar Allan Poe theme. It’s just a way for more people to have more ways of having fun with both projects,” said Bette Eggleston, the Jennings County Public Library adult services librarian.

“We’re just encouraging people to get acquainted with Edgar Allan Poe through the Big Read and maybe it will show in the look of their scarecrow,” she added.

The scarecrow contest will begin Saturday. Individuals, businesses and organizations may create and display scarecrows in and around Jennings County. Prizes will be awarded for those selected as the best scarecrows displayed.

The Big Read Program, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, is a month-long series of activities held at selected public libraries designed to encourage community involvement in reading. Only 75 libraries are chosen to receive grants for the program.

Jennings County’s Big Read started Saturday with a party at the library, including refreshments, games and free books for people of all ages. Events will continue at the library for 30 days. For a list of Big Read activities, go online at or call 812-346-2091.

To officially enter the scarecrow contests, pick up an entry form at A Perfect Day Café, 221 E. Walnut St. in North Vernon, or call 812-346-1100. The contest is free to enter. Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will awarded for the scarecrows considered to be the best as judged by a library committee.