Lots of eggcitement for kids
The famous White House Easter egg roll traces its roots to Fremont, Ohio. It was 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes of Fremont who started the egg roll in 1878. Hayes let it be known that neighborhood children could gather on the White House lawn to play Easter games after Congress banned the youngsters from the grounds of the Capitol.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center celebrates Hayes role in creation of a White House Easter tradition with its Hayes Easter Egg Roll . The annual event takes place on the grounds of the Presidents Spiegel Grove estate 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 and is sponsored by Roots Poultry Inc. and Welly's Horseradish .
Children ages 3-10 are invited to compete in a variety of egg-rolling contests. Prizes are awarded in four age categories, and every child receives a balloon, a pass to the Hayes Home or Hayes Museum, and treats. Admission to the Hayes Easter Egg Roll is three hard-boiled colored eggs for use in the contests. When the egg-rolling contests are finished, children are invited to participate in story time, face painting, corn-hole games, and visits by none other than the Easter Bunny.