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Life Care Center of Crossville, Tennessee, hosted its annual Scarecrow Festival in combination with the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Plateau Walk this year to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness.


The event featured many local businesses and clubs competing to win the competition for the best scarecrow, as well as a traditional car show where owners of rare, exotic or unique cars could showcase their pride and joy.


“This is the first year Alzheimer’s Tennessee Plateau Walk and the Scarecrow Festival combined events in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Jean Bennett, business development director at Life Care Center of Crossville.


Awards were given out for both the scarecrow contest as well as the car show. The Cumberland County Playhouse won the award for the Best of Show scarecrow, and local resident Dick Campbell won the Best of Show award for the car show with his 1964 Ford truck. The Plateau Corvette Club took home the award for the most car club participants, with Corvettes owned by club members lining the street where the event was held.


Scarecrows were judged by: Janice Wade-Whitehead, director of Alzheimer’s Tennessee; Latessa Morris, executive director at Life Care Center of Crossville; Rebecca Foster, chief nursing officer at Cumberland Medical Center and U.S. State Representative and U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn. Car Show judges were: Casey Cox, Cumberland County sheriff; Alan Foster, Cumberland County mayor; Tennessee State Representative Cameron Sexton and Tennessee State Senator Paul Bailey.


In addition to the $1,000 sponsorship to the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Plateau Walk, the event raised around an extra $500, bringing the total amount raised to more than $1,500.

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