Snowman Burned In The Soo To Welcome Spring
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – At high noon today Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie will mark the first day of the spring season by burning a massive paper snowman, as it has done for more than 40 years.
Spring officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere at 12:57 p.m. The first spring snowman burning was held in March 1971 by a former campus club called the Unicorn Hunters.
Traditionally, the ceremony has been held on the first day of spring to bid good-bye to winter and welcome to spring.
Some people contend that smoke from the conflagration wards off blizzards and ushers in spring-like weather.
Students and employees of the university’s maintenance department construct the snowman mostly from paper destined for the recycling bin along with a wood and wire frame.
The snowmen are husky and stand 10-12 feet.