Hayes Easter Egg roll brings a White House tradition to Fremont
Kids are invited to an afternoon of fun on Saturday, March 31, at the annual Hayes Easter Egg Roll, which replicates the White House Easter Egg Roll that Rutherford B. Hayes started when he was president.
The event is for kids ages 3-10 and is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Hayes Home at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
Admission is free. Kids are asked to bring three hard-boiled, colored eggs for use in traditional egg games like those played at the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Prizes in the egg games are awarded in six age categories, and each kid receives a balloon, a pass to the Hayes Home or Hayes Museum and treats. There will also be face painting, cornhole games, story time and craft activities. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance.
President Hayes started the first White House egg roll in 1877. Before that, kids played egg games on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building on Easter Monday. Congress, however, banned the event because of the mess.
Undeterred, a young boy approached President Hayes just before Easter 1877 an asked if the egg games could take place at the White House instead. President Hayes agreed, creating a tradition at the White House that continues today.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
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