Monday, April 05, 2010

19,000 Eggs At 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll

Egg prep done by a local social services agency
, one of the 1,200 citizen volunteers who worked at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll holds a crate of the eggs that were used for the traditional Egg Rolling race, which takes place at the top of the South Lawn.

The event involves pushing eggs with wooden spoons across a grassy race course. When the First Family came down to the Roll, President Obama personally judged one of the races, of course. The White House has advised that 19,000 hard boiled eggs will be used during the course of the day, and many of these were prepped and dyed by DC Central Kitchen, a local social services agency that teaches culinary skills to help homeless citizens and at-risk youth find jobs.

Above, dozens of boxes of eggs await use; the day lasted from 7:45 AM to 5:45 PM. Eggs were also used in the traditional Egg Hunt, at the bottom of the South lawn. Special "chirping" eggs, which emitted high-pitched chirps, were used so visually impaired kids could participate.

Related: All the details of the 2010 Easter Egg Roll: The President and First Lady welcome the guests. The First Family Egg Rolls and then hops into the crowd to say hi. The President and Mrs. Obama give a rousing reading of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. The full foodie recap; and more on the White House Chefs rolling is here; a Roll recipe for Healthy Fruit and Oat Bars is here. "Chirping" eggs were used for visually impaired Rollers. Actress Reese Witherspoon rolls here. Bo the First Dog rolls here. New Social Secretary Julianna Smoot rolls into action. Pastry Chef Bill Yosses' Chocolate Farm is here. The Roll started early and went late this year.