The Student Bonfire Set To Burn In Robertson County

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The Aggie Spirit is strong as students prepare to light the Bonfire.

Patrick Bailey, a Texas A&M senior helped build the bonfire.

"Seeing peoples faces when they first see the stack is one of my favorite things because there's no real way to describe what it looks like.To see it for the first time is one of the coolest things in the world," said Bailey.

Members of Student Bonfire spend the day spraying down the stack with fuel to get it ready.

The bonfire used to symbolize a burning desire to beat the University of Texas, but with Texas A&M playing in the Southeastern Conference, things are different.

This year marks change in Aggie traditions. For the first time at the top of the bonfire the outhouse is not orange and white for UT, but it's black and gold representing the University of Missouri.

The change in conferences means a change in tradition.
Historically, the bonfire burned before the Aggies played the Texas Longhorns. This year the Mizzou Tigers will feel the heat.

Up to 15 thousand people will be watching the bright flames radiate in Aggieland.

Bonfire members say that if the bonfire burns past midnight that the Aggies will win their game.

Student Bonfire was organized after the on-campus Bonfire collapsed on November 18, 1999. Twelve students were killed and another 27 were injured.

Off campus Bonfire is in Robertson county, off of Mumford Benchley Road.