Out With Winter!

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 (Photo by John Shibley)
(Photo by John Shibley)

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Mayor Tony Bosbous, left, joins Lake Superior State University President Tom Pleger in torching a 12-foot effigy on March 23 during LSSU’s 45th annual burning of a paper snowman to welcome spring.

The tradition, an LSSU staple since 1971, takes its inspiration from the Rose Sunday Festival in Weinheim-en-der-Bergstrasse, Germany, and featured the English club faculty and students reading poetry and leading the crowd in seasonal songs. Several hundred spectators also received free daffodils and feasted on barbecued hot dogs. New this year was the snowman’s formal escort to the burning area by LSSU Public Safety and the Sault Police Department, and his sentencing by 91st District Court Judge Elizabeth Church.

Run a web search on “LSSU snowman history” to read more about the tradition.