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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Final Roll at Toomer's Corner

I drove out to Auburn University today. I am not an alumnus of the university, but the 'rolling of the live oaks' at Toomer's Corner has been an Auburn tradition for as long as we have had toilet paper to roll. A couple of years ago, a University of Alabama fan had the grand idea of poisoning the oaks. He was so proud of what he did, he bragged about it and was arrested.
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After two years of trying to save the trees, the University decided there was noting they could do. The gentleman who poisoned the trees is still awaiting trial. His trial venue was recently changed because his attorneys feared he would not be able to get a fair trial in Lee County. They are probably right.
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A few weeks ago, Auburn University announced that it would have a final 'rolling of the oaks' on April 20th. From pictures that I saw of the event yesterday, they had a pretty good turnout. Normally, they would have started cleaning up the trees early in this morning, but they will not begin clean-up until 7:00 this evening. They wanted anyone who did not attend the celebration yesterday to have an opportunity to rolls the oaks and get those family photos.
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I was about three blocks from the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Street when I decided that I better pull into a parking lot and walk the rest of the way. Seems that was a pretty good idea. Traffic was moving slow and I would have not been able to find parking anyway. It was a beautiful day for a walk.
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People were still rolling the oaks and getting their photo ops. Parents brought their children and took advantage of energy on the corner. Everyone was in a party mood. There was even a couple getting married between the oaks.
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On Tuesday, April 23rd, they begin cutting down the oaks. They will be temporarily replaced by metal 'sculptures' that can be rolled after Auburn victories and other celebrations until the 'new' oaks are ready to be rolled. The wood will be used to make souviniers for the die-hard fans of Auburn.
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5 comments:

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Thank you so much for sharing, Barb. You got some really great photos. Auburn did the best they could, given the condition of the trees.

Janis & David

Kate said...

"Rolling the oaks" sounds like a rollicking good time; too bad some disturbed individual had to ruin it. Cannot imagine the time it takes to clean up the area!

Hilda said...

This sounds like such a silly fun tradition. But Grrrrr! at that person who poisoned the oaks!

RamblingRound said...

Very cool of you to drive to Auburn and get these photos! Thanks, Barb!

Lowell said...

One must wonder what possesses someone to poison oak trees...what a screwed up head that would take...

This is a great post, though. Your photos are a delight and show so many aspects of the event. And I guess, while sculptures aren't old oaks, they sorta make lemonade out of lemons.