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Saying goodbye, Auburn fans to roll poisoned oaks Saturday

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After two years of trying to save Auburn's poisoned iconic oak trees on  Toomer's Corner, fans will have   one last time to participate in a tradition that has spanned decades.

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, fan will be able to roll the trees in toilet paper before the trees are removed on Tuesday, April 23rd.  In the meantime, before the trees  are removed, a memorable ceremony for fans is in the works.

University officials are planning a "Celebrate the Tradition" block party for April 20th. The event will begin at 5 p.m. on the College Street and Magnolia Avenue intersection after the A-Day game.

In 2010, University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke was accused of poisoning the trees during the fall football season.  In  March 2013, Updyke pleaded guilty to charges.  He was sentenced to three years in jail by a Lee County judge.

Below is a media release from Auburn's Wire Eagle outlining more details about the "Celebrate the Tradition" block party.

Auburn University's iconic oaks to be removed April 23

AUBURN UNIVERSITY --After two years of extraordinary efforts to save the poisoned Auburn Oaks at Toomer's Corner, Auburn University plans to remove them on April 23, weather permitting.

The final opportunity for fans to roll the beloved Auburn Oaks will follow the A-Day football game April 20 when the university and City of Auburn host a "Celebrate the Tradition" block party.

"The university's Tree Preservation Committee does not believe the trees will survive despite the extensive work the university and others have done to keep them alive," said Ron Booth, director of project management in Auburn University Facilities Management. "The decaying wood is a safety issue, and the only option we have at this point is to remove them."

Auburn University is working with two renowned firms – Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and– to develop a landscape master plan for potential redevelopment of Samford Park at Toomer's Corner. The firms have received significant input from Auburn students, alumni, employees and others. The final design will be unveiled at the block party on April 20.

The "Celebrate the Tradition" event will begin at 5 p.m. in the College Street and Magnolia Avenue intersection. The event will feature well-known Auburn speakers, a spirit rally, music from the band Kidd Blue and one final rolling of the iconic oaks. The event is open to everyone.

Contact: Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)

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