- Associated Press - Friday, February 18, 2011

AUBURN, ALA. (AP) - Auburn fans have scheduled a rally for the poisoned oak trees at Toomer’s Corner, where fans traditionally rally to celebrate big wins.

The “Toomer’s Tree Hug” was approaching 8,000 confirmed guests on Facebook by Friday morning. It’s scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the site where celebrations include rolling the trees with toilet paper.

Police charged 62-year-old Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr. with first-degree criminal mischief on Thursday for allegedly using a tree-killing herbicide to poison the oaks.

The Facebook page for the rally says there won’t be any actually tree-hugging but “the hugs should be reserved for other members of the Auburn Family who need a shoulder in this painful time.”

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