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Auburn fans say goodbye to the Toomer's Oaks

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Thousands of Auburn fans converged on Toomer's Corner this A-Day to celebrate the last rolling of the Toomer's Oaks.

A-Day is always a celebration on campus but this year marks the last time the fans can roll the oaks before they are cut down.

Through poisoning and multiple burnings, the Toomer's Oaks are still showing signs of life, but Auburn officials say it's time for them to retire.

Now fans of all ages are coming together to don the trees in toilet paper one more time.

Auburn professor Peter Stanwick says, "The tradition will live on forever, and it's always a part of the Auburn family to have celebrations down here at Toomer's Corner, so regardless if it's these trees or the next generation of trees, there will always be something to celebrate and have a good time down here."

AU fan Jon Glover adds, "I'm so enthusiastic about it because it's nice to see that the Auburn spirit is still there with all the people and how much it has affected everybody's lives and all that jazz, so I'm super stoked to have all these people and everybody keeping a happy face and just ready to come out here and have a good time for one last roll."

While the occasion is bittersweet for Auburn fans, many of them are collecting commemorative memorabilia so they'll never forget the Toomer's Oaks.

Kara Burleson brought her baby daughter to the affair and says, "I love having a part of something, especially for her now to be able to show her a little bit of what it was like when I came here."

"We all got commemorative t-shirts that have the date on it," says Stanwick of his family's matching gear, "and we're also going to buy the special pieces of wood that they're going to make from the trees, so we're going to continue on in the memory of these great trees and what they mean to us."

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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