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Students share their favorite fall traditions

Fresh pumpkins for sale at botanic plant shop in Opelika on September 16, 2022
Fresh pumpkins for sale at botanic plant shop in Opelika on September 16, 2022

As the leaves begin to change, and the aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air, we all know that means fall is approaching. 

From Saturday football games at Jordan-Hare Stadium to pumpkin carving with friends, this season is full of traditions.

One of many Auburn students' favorite fall traditions is football. Saturdays filled with tailgating on The Plains and coming together for a few hours under those neon lights to cheer for one team with 27,287 of your best friends. 

Ava Wilmes, sophomore in Environmental Science, said Auburn Football is a tradition she anticipates every single year.  

“As a student at Auburn from the West Coast, I had no idea what to expect at an SEC school. At the very first football game of my freshman year, I was blown out of the water. The energy in Jordan-Hare during football season is absolutely electric and incomparable to any other sporting event," Wilmes said. 

Wilmes talked about how football has become a tradition she cherishes not just because of the sport but the community that comes together and has been created in that stadium. But the camaraderie goes beyond the bleachers of Jordan-Hare.

“I love the fiercely loyal fan base getting to run to Toomer's corner at the end of the game to celebrate all the unforgettable plays and show their Auburn pride," Wilmes said.

Along with Auburn football, Arik Hollerbach, sophomore in computer engineering, added that the pregame performance is also a beloved Auburn tradition.

“I love when the drum majors stick the baton in the ground and the band plays the fight song. The War Eagle is also the best tradition," Hollerbach said, "It’s the reason Jordan-Hare has one of the biggest home field advantages in the country and fans all over.” 

While football is a popular Auburn fall tradition there are many others that Auburn Tigers take part in, Lauren Thompson, sophomore in biomedical sciences talks about how nothing is better in fall than curling up by the crackling fire with a s'more in hand. 

She talks about how growing up in the north the weather got cold much faster so her neighbors and family would all come together for weekly bonfires. 

“We would all come together as a community, bundle up in blankets on a cold weekend night, and gather around a fire pit for chats and roasting s’mores," Thompson said. 

Thompson loves to be able to reconnect with friends she hadn’t gotten to see in a while, all the while indulging in a delicious treat.  

Erica Fogle, junior in social work talks about her favorite fall tradition is going to Dell’s Pumpkin Patch with all her friends. 

“A day filled with petting calves, getting lost in corn mazes, hayrides, taking pictures and picking out the perfect pumpkin to put on your front porch," Fogle said. 

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