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Winter of their Discontent: Tragedy Ensues in Soo, Michigan After Bad Weather Delays Annual Snowman Burning.

As a veteran Snowman Burner myself, I understand how disappointed the people of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (my hometown) were when they had to postpone the 40th annual Snowman Burning today.


(Credit: LSSU/John Shibley)

Here’s the news release from Lake Superior State University , which sponsors the event, which my father, WT Rabe, started in 1971:

March 19, 2010: WINTER'S LAST REPRIEVE – Hundreds gathered March 19 at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for the 40th annual burning of a snowman effigy to welcome spring. But Mother Nature had other plans. Officials with the city fire department deemed it prudent to cancel the burn due to high winds. LSSU President Tony McLain, at the microphone, invited everyone back to the ceremony, tentatively rescheduled for noon on Monday, March 22. Dependent upon the weather, of course!

Sadly, President McLain will not be able to participate Monday. Soon after the above photo was taken, the angry mob, malnourished after the long Northern winter, and driven wild by cabin fever, ate him.

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