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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University says it not ready to put the tradition of rolling the trees at Toomer's Corner to rest.
Thursday morning it announced that the tradition will continue.
Auburn says its team of experts have recommended that the university no longer use high pressure hoses to clean the trees. The trees will now be cleaned by hand.
The university released a statement saying, "Many alternatives were carefully considered, including suspending the tradition or moving it elsewhere. Most of these options created new or additional concerns related to crowd control, traffic, safety issues for our fans and opposing teams' fans, easy access, community property, and the health of other landscaping and park-like areas".
The university asks fans, "...not to move the celebration into Samford Park, the beauty of which we are also trying to preserve, and where, with no concrete base to protect it, landscaping and vegetation is fragile."
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