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Christmas trees go up in flames in Antigo

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ANTIGO (WAOW) - The Antigo Optimist Club works with the city to collect Christmas trees for its annual tree burn.

Daniel Slagoski looks forward to this every year. He's one of dozens of people at Antigo High School Tuesday night.

"It's kind of an annual event,” said Slagoski. “I know a lot of the people that come here and it's just a fun gathering."

The city stacks hundreds of trees and burns them.

"The city picks up the trees a couple of weeks ago and they accumulate them," said Jim Sharon, the tree burning co-chair.

But the fiery spectacle is a little late this year. The club had to move the date because of the frigid temperatures.

"Wind chills were about 25 below zero and we thought it was too dangerous with a lot of little kids around," said Sharon.

"I enjoy campfires and this is like having one big campfire in the middle of the winter,” said Slagoski.

"I know I was getting phone calls people wondering when it was going to be since it was a little later this year,” said Sharon. “So people do look forward to it."

Others agree.

"Antigo's a great place to live and we have a lot of friendly people here, and even in the middle of winter we can find a lot of warmth," said Slagoski.

They say it's a great way to get through the winter while having some fun.

"It's a nice annual event that people can come out and enjoy some hot dogs and hot chocolate and visit with neighbors and friends," said Sharon.

It also lets people see what's left of their Christmas trees go up in flames.

Antigo firefighters were on hand to make sure the blaze was under control.

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