Hayes Center welcomes back Easter egg roll

FREMONT – The White House Easter egg roll traces its roots to Fremont, when President Rutherford B. Hayes started the family tradition in 1878. Hayes let it be known children from nearby neighborhoods could gather on the White House lawn at Easter to play traditional holiday games.

The Hayes Presidential Center has an annual egg roll to celebrate Hayes’ role in the White House event. Children ages 3-10 are invited to the egg roll, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday on the lawn at the Hayes Center.

Children can compete in a variety of egg-rolling contests. Prizes are to be awarded in four age groups, and every child receives a balloon and a free pass to tour the Hayes Home or Hayes Museum.

Admission to the egg roll is three hard-boiled, colored eggs for use in the contests. Children with an artistic flair can enter the egg-decorating contest by bringing a fourth, pre-decorated egg.

There also will be face painting, cornhole contests, story time and, of course, an appearance by the Easter Bunny.

The center, at Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont, can be found online at