FREMONT – The famous White House Easter egg roll traces its roots to Fremont, Ohio. It was 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, a resident of Fremont, who started the egg roll in 1878. Hayes let it be known that children living in nearby neighborhoods could gather on the White House lawn on Easter to play games after Congress banned the youngsters from playing on the Capitol grounds.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center celebrates Hayes’ role in creation of what became a White House Easter tradition with its Hayes Easter Egg Roll. The annual event takes place on the grounds of the President’s Spiegel Grove estate 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22.
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, an admission pass to tour the Hayes Home or Hayes Museum, and treats. Admission is three hard-boiled colored eggs for use in the contests. In addition, children with an artistic flair can enter the Egg-Decorating Contest by bringing along a fourth, pre-decorated egg.
This year, parents can get into the act too! After the children’s contests, any parents wanting to try their hand at egg rolling are invited to give the sport a try. We suggest bringing an extra hard-boiled egg or two, in case there are no survivors from the children’s activities. It also is recommended that parents have cameras ready for a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.
In the event of inclement weather, egg-rolling events will be canceled. However, other activities will be held indoors.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center’s Hayes Easter Egg Roll started in 1986. It is one of numerous community events sponsored by the facility. For more information or a calendar of special events call 419-332-2081 (in Fremont) or 800-998-PRES (out of town). The Hayes Presidential Center website also has updates concerning events.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society www.ohiohistory.org.
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