Get 'Eggcited' about Spring
Annual Hayes Easter Egg Roll takes place this Saturday!
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. President Hayes let it be known that children living in nearby neighborhoods could gather on the White House lawn at Easter to play traditional holiday games. The Capitols lawn was the gathering spot until Congress banned the youngsters because of damage done to the lawns.
The Hayes Presidential Center celebrates Hayes role in creation of what became a White House tradition with its Hayes Easter Egg Roll. This holiday event, sponsored by Roots Poultry and Wellys Horseradish, takes place 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 on lawn in front of the Presidents home.
Children ages 3-10 can compete in a variety of egg-rolling contests. Prizes are awarded in four age groups, and every child receives a balloon and a free pass to tour the Hayes Home or Hayes Museum. Admission to the Hayes Easter Egg Roll is three hard-boiled colored eggs for use in the contests.
Children with an artistic flair can enter the Egg-Decorating Contest by bringing a fourth, pre-decorated egg.There also will be face painting, corn-hole-game contests, and story time. Parents are reminded to have cameras ready for a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.