The Vance household was afforded a unique Easter experience along with an estimated 30,000 others. On Monday, April 2, 2018, they all got to experience the 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.
In February, Christina Vance registered online in a special lottery and found out in March they were chosen to attend the White House’s Easter celebrations. She, her husband Jeff, and their two children, Sebastian, 2nd grade, and Emilie, kindergarten, thought the experience would be a wonderful learning time for the whole family. Both students attend Catlettsburg Elementary.
Sebastian, who participated in the 2:30 – 4:30 group egg hunt, was especially excited to find the special wooden egg on his hunt. Only one wooden egg, uniquely colored blue, was among those hidden in each group and the finder was allowed to keep it. The other eggs were all real hard-boiled ones and finders returned them because they were reused throughout the day.
Above: Sebastian Vance, Catlettsburg 2nd grader, holds up his unique find during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
“His sister was a bit disappointed she didn’t find a wooden egg,” said Ms. Vance. “Sebastian said he almost didn’t recognize that it was an egg, but he decided to pick it up anyway.”
After the Easter events, the family visited other sites around Washington, D.C. including Mount Vernon.
This year’s Easter Egg Roll festivities, which were hosted by First Lady Melania Trump, included games such as the classic egg roll, coloring cards for American military service members, and listening to stories read aloud by Cabinet Secretaries and senior White House officials. Several military bands provided live music throughout the day.
The tradition of holding an Easter Egg Roll reaches all the way back to the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes although some first-hand accounts say that informal events date back to President Lincoln.
Above: Sebastian Vance, Catlettsburg 2nd grader, and his sister Emilie, Catlettsburg Kindergartener, pose for a 'press secretary' picture on the White House lawn during the annual Easter Egg Roll.