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 Amy Allman
Amy Allman
Director of the White House Visitor’s Office

March 21, 2008

Amy Allman
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 writes:
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?

Amy Allman
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 am looking for the ones that are 4.00 each

Thank You Jill

Amy Allman
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 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 writes:
Who can get into the easter egg roll?

Amy Allman
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 certain age and show up somewhere at a certain time. I would like to do this before she gets any older. Thanks.


Amy Allman
Hi Liz,

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?

Amy Allman
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 Omaha’s 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 Easter Egg Roll? Thank you.

Amy Allman
Hi Linda,

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 year’s Easter Egg Roll poster and wooden egg artist, Michael McWillie, from Parker, Texas. The web address is

Margaret, from Deer Valley writes:
How many eggs are used in the Easter Egg Roll? How long does it take to hard boil the eggs? How do you choose which chicken farmers to buy the eggs from?

Amy Allman
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 writes:
How can I get tickets to the Easter Egg Roll on Easter Monday?

Amy Allman
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 etc? And do you have a total number of visitor's that visit the White House each year? Thank You and Happy Easter and I hope it's a GOOD FRIDAY FOR YOU AND THE STAFF.

Amy Allman
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 hunt for them? I liked the Easter egg stand pic by the First Lady. God Bless the First Lady and the President.

Amy Allman
Hi John,

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!

Amy Allman
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!