Obamas Host Their First White House Egg Roll

By Natasha T. Metzler | April 13, 2009 | 5:20 AM EDT
Washington (AP) - Thousands of children will play on the White House's south lawn during one of Washington's most anticipated annual events: the Easter Egg Roll.
This rite of spring, which dates back to 1878, is named for races that challenge children to push eggs across the grass using oversized spoons.
The first egg roll since President Barack Obama took office in January also includes cooking classes, musical performances and storytelling. The talent lineup includes singers Fergie and Ziggy Marley.
This year's theme, "Let's go play," is meant to encourage young people to lead healthy, active lives.
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