March 21, 2008
Good afternoon, everyone! I'm excited to participate today on "Ask the White House," and I look forward to taking your questions about the 2008 White House Easter Egg Roll. This annual event will take place on Monday, March 24, on the South Lawn of the White House.
Jacqueline, from Buffalo, New York
With the Jonas Brothers as part of the entertainment scheduled for this
year's Easter Roll, do you have a time in which they will appear?
Hi Jacqueline, and thanks for your question. I know many people are excited about the Jonas Brothers returning to the White House Easter Egg Roll this year. They played last year, also, and the White House is thrilled to have them back again. The Jonas Brothers are performing this year in both the morning and the afternoon.
jill, from Indiana writes:
Where is the email address I can order the easter eggs on Monday 24? I
looking for the ones that are 4.00 each
Thank You Jill
Thanks, Jill, for sending in a question. The wooden Easter eggs are a White House tradition and are available in 4 bright, spring colors. Anyone interested in purchasing wooden eggs may do so by visiting the National Park Foundation website at www.nationalparks.org/WhiteHouseEasterEgg. The wooden egg sales will be available on this site beginning Monday, March 24. Also, the White House Historical Association located on Lafayette Park will also be selling wooden eggs.
Stephen, from Sellersville, PA
Who can get into the easter egg roll?
Tickets are required for attending the Egg Roll, and they are available to the public through the National Park Service. The National Park Service will distribute free tickets on two dates for entry to the South Lawn. The majority of tickets will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, and a small allotment of tickets will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24. The tickets, which are timed for entrance, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (southwest corner of 15th and E Streets). A maximum of five tickets will be issued per person. Children of all ages are welcome to attend, as long as there is at least one child seven years old or under and no more than two adults per group. Tickets are required for every attendee, including small children, to enter the White House South Lawn. No tickets are necessary for access to the events on the Ellipse.
We hope to see you there!
Elizabeth, from Alexandria, VA writes:
Amy, I want to take my daughter to the Easter Egg Roll and do not know
what to do
or if we can even attend. There is "hearsay" that you have to be a
and show up somewhere at a certain time. I would like to do this before
gets any older. Thanks.
The Easter Egg Roll is geared towards young children, and children of all ages are welcome to attend, as long as there is at least one child seven years old or under and no more than two adults per group.
Stephanie, from Maryland writes:
Who are some of the performers that will be at the Egg Roll this year?
Thanks for your question, Stephanie. We have a terrific line up this year for entertainment, including the Jonas Brothers, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jordan Pruitt, Sesame Street, Imagination Movers, Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, All for Kidz, and Raggs Band. We will also have an animal stage with Peter Gros, Bobbi Colorado and Mutual of Omahas Wild Kingdom, as well as a magic stage.
Linda, from Fairfax, VA writes:
Is there a website that has the schedule of events for the White House
Egg Roll? Thank you.
Yes, the White House website has a section dedicated entirely to the Easter Egg Roll with many links to activities and photos. You can also look up past Easter Egg Rolls and see the interesting history of this annual tradition. Artwork for the website was provided by this years Easter Egg Roll poster and wooden egg artist, Michael McWillie, from Parker, Texas. The web address is www.whitehouse.gov/easter.
Margaret, from Deer Valley writes:
How many eggs are used in the Easter Egg Roll? How long does it take to
boil the eggs? How do you choose which chicken farmers to buy the eggs
Hello Margaret! Thanks for sending in a question.
The American Egg Board provides approximately 7,500 real eggs for the annual Egg Roll activity as well as 3,200 dyed eggs for the Egg Hunt. An additional 4,500 plain hard cooked eggs will be provided for children to dye at an activity area on-site. So we have a total of 15,200 eggs at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll!
Be sure to look at the beautiful state eggs that are on display at the White House Visitors Center. /easter/2008/eggsbystate/
We look forward to seeing you and your family at the White House Easter Egg Roll!
Rosemary, from Laurel, Maryland
How can I get tickets to the Easter Egg Roll on Easter Monday?
The National Park Service will distribute a small allotment of tickets will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Cliff, from Brimfield, Ohio writes:
Director Allman: How many staff members do you have in the White House
Visitor's Office? And how many request do you handle in a year, month or
And do you have a total number of visitor's that visit the White House
year? Thank You and Happy Easter and I hope it's a GOOD FRIDAY FOR YOU
Thank for writing, Cliff. We have 5 full-time employees in the Visitors Office, and we all enjoy welcoming guests to the White House for tours. Public tours are available 5 days a week, and you can find out how to request a tour through your Member of Congress at this website: /history/tours/
John, from Milton, Fl. writes:
About how many weeks early do you get all the Easter eggs together to
them? I liked the Easter egg stand pic by the First Lady. God Bless the
Lady and the President.
Thanks for your question! Easter bunnies are hiding eggs on the South Lawn right now in preparation for the 22,000 expected guests to attend the Easter Egg Roll this year. We look forward to seeing you at the White House!
Thank you for letting me participate in Ask the White House, and thanks for all of your great questions. The Easter Egg Roll is a very exciting event at the White House, and we look forward to everyone joining us either in person or online. Happy Easter!