A record-breaking 74,000 eggs were donated for the 141st White House Easter Egg Roll. Families in attendance also enjoyed EggPops, hard-boiled eggs on a stick that have become a South Lawn tradition. Kids and their parents also had the opportunity to visit the America Egg Board's interactive Hen to Home exhibit to learn about an egg's journey from the farm to the plate, as well as take photos with the popular Eggy mascots.
"Our nation's egg farmers and their incredible product are an annual fixture on the South Lawn of the White House for this time-honored and uniquely American holiday tradition," said U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky.
For more than 40 years, the American Egg Board, on behalf of America's egg farmers, has supported this time-honored tradition dating back to 1878.
"Easter is a particularly popular time for eggs in the U.S., with 2.9 billion eggs sold last year during this holiday season,” said AEB President and CEO Anne L. Alonzo.
AEB Chairman Jeff Hardin and CEO Anne Alonzo, together with a contingent of America's egg farmers, presented the 42nd First Lady's Commemorative Egg to First Lady Melania Trump. The 2019 Commemorative Egg - an extra-large chicken egg - has been hollowed out and intricately decorated with a unique paper quilling technique. Inspiration for the design was pulled from submissions by children of America's egg farmers, as well as the First Lady's "Be Best" initiative. Cecilia Glembocki, executive director of the Virginia Egg Council and a skilled egg artist, was given the honor of executing this year's egg.
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