Thousands of Fans Rally in Auburn for Final Roll of Toomer's Oaks


By Brittany Bivins

Saturday was a historic day for Auburn University, as thousands of fans prepared to roll Toomer's Oaks following the A-Day game.

More than 80,000 fans rallied at Toomer's Oaks to roll the famous trees for the very last time.

"I've seen it like this maybe twice in my lifetime that I've actually seen, Just being under the trees with the toilet paper hanging today, I can remember flashing back into many memories from the past," said Auburn alum Ashley Colon.

"It was just an awesome experience, just all the spirit, just being able to do something in the streets that you normally couldn't do without getting in trouble and just the spirit of Auburn," said Wayne Lambert, who graduated from Auburn.

It's a decades-old tradition that will end when the trees are cut down Tuesday. The oaks were poisoned with herbicide by Alabama fan Harvey Updyke in 2010 after the Iron Bowl. Auburn officials decided to remove them last year.

"I mean, it's sad to know that, you know, your grandparents and people before that rolled Toomer's and now 'cause somebody poisoned them, they have to be cut down and the tradition isn't, I mean, it won't be the same," said Andrea Howard, a freshman at Auburn.

Ben Lambert, a second-generation Auburn graduate, agreed. "Oh, it's huge. It's a tradition that we'll never see again. It's done, it's over, it's a sad day for Auburn, but a good day at the same time."

Good--because fans get the chance to celebrate the tradition and say goodbye to it at the same time.

"I feel very honored to be able to do this. My mom's talked about it for years and she's a graduate from here. I hate that my kids won't get to do this day, but I feel very honored to be able to," said Brantley Bridges, an Auburn student.

Auburn officials say they won't remove the toilet paper until 7:00 Sunday night to give fans a chance to visit the oaks and take final pictures.

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