First Lady Lucy Hayes would probably be surprised if she arrived on the scene of the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll that now spans a marathon 11 hours. She started the eggs rolling on the White House lawn in 1874 after Congress passed a law banning the egg rolling activity on the Capitol grounds. Over the years presidents have added their own spin on the festivities. First Lady Pat Nixon was the first to invite the Easter Bunny to join in. President Reagan was the first president to hide autographed eggs for the kids to find.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama initiated an online lottery system making it possible for people from all over the country to have an opportunity to participate. In 1899 there were 8,000 people in attendance at the event. This year the event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. in order to accommodate more than 30,000 children and their families. More than 1,200 volunteers are pitching in, some as far away as Germany.