Hayes Easter Egg roll brings a White House tradition to Fremont

Kids are invited to an afternoon of fun on Saturday, April 20, 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 at Spiegel Grove.

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 and treats. Additionally, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance.

There will also be face painting, cornhole games, story time and craft activities. Kids also can bring a hard-boiled, decorated egg to enter in an egg-decorating contest.

The egg roll is sponsored by Root’s Poultry and Welly’s Horseradish and Seasonings.

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 has offered its egg roll since 1986.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of 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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