Monday marked the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The event was a great success, with spectacular golden wooden Easter eggs provided by the Wells Wood Turning company of Buckfield, Maine.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania addressed those in attendance, and gave thanks to those who helped make the event possible.
“As we renew this tradition, thank you for joining us. On behalf of the President and Barron, we wish you great fun and beautiful days coming ahead of us,” [Melania] said, also thanking the military band, White House staff and egg roll volunteers for their help.
Trump, in his suit and signature red tie, also thanked the crowd of attendees gathered below the White House balcony.
“We’re going to come out and join you and enjoy your company for a roll, a great Easter egg roll. And I don’t know if people are going to be successful, but I know a lot of people down there are going to be successful. I’ve seen those kids, and they’re highly, highly competitive,” [Trump] said.
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As the President said, the White House Easter Egg Roll tradition was started in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Monday’s Easter Egg Roll included 18,000 wooden eggs, with the festivities beginning at 7:30 a.m. Groups of guests took two-hour turns with the egg roll and taking part in the activities that included a cookie-decorating station, a station where children wrote thank-you cards to members of the military and veterans, an egg-dying station, and a reading nook. The actual egg roll consisted of a race where children rolled the golden eggs with spoons.
Stephanie Grisham, communication director to the First Lady, stated, “She wanted to get back to the tradition, so we’re bringing back some traditional elements, like military bands, and focusing on the family itself.”
This year’s Easter Egg Roll provided First Lady Melania to put her individual stamp on the event. She put in a lot of time and effort studying past Easter Egg Rolls to make this year’s event a huge and memorable success.