Christmas Tree Burning Tradition Continues in AntigoSubmitted: 01/16/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

ANTIGO - On a cold night, many like to warm up by a fire.

In Antigo Wednesday night, there was a pretty big fire to keep you warm.

The Antigo Optimist Club held its annual Christmas tree burning tonight at the high school.

There was plenty of hot chocolate to keep warm if the fire wasn't enough at this tradition that's been around for decades.

"It started, back at the fairgrounds when they would have the snowmobile races and some of the optimist club members would pick all the trees up in town and bring them there and light them off and kinda kick off the beginning of the races," said organizer Shane Krueger.

Between three and four hundred trees ended up on the pile tonight.

And it doesn't take long for them to catch fire.

"It's amazing, within an hour it's down to a nice bed of coals and within an hour after that it's pretty much done. It burns quite quickly, especially with the wind today," said Krueger.

The club collected donations to benefit the Antigo Area Food Pantry

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