A popular Auburn tradition will look a little different this Fall. The temporary replacement for Toomer's Oaks are in place and ready to be a temporary part of the Auburn tradition.
Instead of the iconic trees there are now three poles at Toomer's Corner. Wires will be attached to the poles and are expected to be installed sometime in the next few weeks. The wires and poles will serve as a temporary replacement for the trees that were removed in April after being poisoned by Alabama fan Harvey Updyke.
Kevin Cowper, the Auburn Assistant City Manager, is heading up the Toomer Corner makeover and says the trees played a big role in the tradition, but the location is what really matters.
"There was a strong consensus that we wanted to keep that rolling tradition at Toomer's Corner and so we came up with this idea," said Cowper.
With the replacement trees not available until after the football season, many Auburn fans are optimistic that the wires and poles will be sufficient to keep the tradition alive.
Auburn fan Justin Puder says, "the tradition is all about celebrating the victory and coming together as one Auburn family so I think it will be great even if there aren't live trees."
Cowper says the wires will sit above the traffic lights and be a little higher than where the branches hung. Auburn fan Kimber Warren said she doesn't think she'll be able to throw it that high. Even though she won't take part in the rolling, she'll still come out to Toomer's Corner and celebrate Auburn victories.
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