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April 22, 2013

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“We just came down here to spend some time together and be part of history,” Shelton said.

The Trussville, Ala., residents weren’t able to join the thousands of their fellow Tigers fans who will bid farewell with a final rolling Saturday of the two live oaks. The trees will be cut down Tuesday, more than two years after an Alabama fan poisoned them. One day they will be replaced as Auburn is in the planning stage of a seven-figure renovation.

But the Sheltons won’t get a chance to make rolling the oaks a family tradition, like thousands of other Auburn fans.

Dylan, 11, only rolled them once and 8-year-old Josie says, with that exaggerated little-girl pout, “I never got to.”

Auburn fans will one last time drape toilet paper over the two frail, poison-infested oaks after the football team’s first spring game under Gus Malzahn, a perfect storm that has turned what’s normally a nondescript scrimmage into a milestone moment. The makeover of Toomer’s Corner is expected to begin after next season.

For the past two years, the trees have become a symbol not so much of decades of celebrations but of the feudal hatred that is the Alabama-Auburn rivalry. Longtime Crimson Tide fan Harvey Updyke Jr. pleaded guilty on March 22 to poisoning the trees after the 2010 Iron Bowl, when Cam Newton led Auburn to the national title — and an Iron Bowl comeback from a 24-0 deficit.

The Tide has won the other three BCS championships over the state’s four-year stranglehold on the crystal trophy.

Auburn had sold 33,000 tickets to the spring game by Friday afternoon, spokesman Kirk Sampson said. He added that most fans at the Tigers’ spring games are traditionally walk-ups. Last year’s announced crowd was just over 43,000, many of whom probably made the 10-minute stroll to Toomer’s Corner at some point.

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