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Hayes Center hosts hoppity good time in Fremont

Annual Easter egg roll is this weekend
Amanda Amsel
Apr 18, 2014
Celebrate Easter like our founding fathers did by participating in an egg rolling contest that dates back to 1878. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is hosting its annual Hayes Easter Egg Roll from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at Spiegel Grove in Fremont.

“We hold this event on the front lawn of the Hayes home every year,” said Joan Eckermann, special events and volunteer coordinator for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. “It takes place in the lawn area between the home and the museum.”

Attracting 300 kids and more than 200 parents each year, the event celebrates Easter in the fashion our fore fathers did.
In 1878 Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife hosted an Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn to celebrate the holiday. Ever since then, the White House has continued the tradition.

“The only time the egg roll has been suspended from the White House is in times of crisis or economic difficulties,” Eckermann said. “During World War I and World War II, the egg roll did not take place.”

Children ages 3 to 10 are invited to bring three hard boiled eggs, decorated or not, and compete in contests with their eggs. The first contest is rolling your egg with a large wooden spoon, which is provided by the center. The second contest involves carrying your egg on a wooden spoon. Children are split up into different age groups and win prizes.

“There will also be a decorated egg contest,” Eckermann said. “Children can bring in decorated eggs and will be judged and win prizes.”

Some of the other activities throughout the day also include corn hole games, face painting and story reading.
“The Easter Bunny will also be here and will be taking pictures with kids,” Eckermann said. “It really will be a wonderful event that is full of activities for children and their families.  Attendees will also get to learn about the historic significance of President Hayes and our Easter traditions.”

For more information on the Hayes Egg Roll, visit rbhayes.org.