Out with Winter

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LSSU Snowman Burning

Lake Superior State University continued a long standing tradition earlier today with the 46th annual burning of a snowman to welcome Spring.

LSSU torched a 12-foot effigy of a paper snowman to welcome spring to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, a tradition and staple since 1971. The event takes its inspiration from the Rose Sunday Festival in Weinheim-en-der-Bergstrasse, Germany, and features the reading of Spring poetry.

Several hundred spectators received free daffodils and feasted on barbecued hot dogs. The reigning Mrs. Michigan Captivating, Arianne Davis, who is also head athletic trainer for NCAA Division II sports at LSSU, applied the torch to this year’s snowman. Run a web search on “LSSU snowman history” to read more about the tradition.