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Parents encourage their children in the signature egg roll race on the South Lawn of the White House.
Peter Granitz
Parents encourage their children in the signature egg roll race on the South Lawn of the White House.

By Peter Granitz

Children and their parents from across the country filled the South Lawn of the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll.

More than 30,000 people attended today’s event, which was themed "Ready, Set, Go," as First lady Michelle Obama tied today’s festivities into her national campaign to end childhood obesity.

Josh Mitchell from Prince George's County, Maryland skipped his seventh grade classes to participate in all of the day’s activities.

"I’m going to do the football and the egg hunt, the egg roll," he says. "I’m pretty good at finding things."

Chefs demonstrated healthy cooking for parents, while children chased after costumed characters from Dr. Seuss books.

Camilo Eifler came with his family from Oakland, California. He was squished up against a fence, intent on seeing the president in person.

"I think I got one picture...on my dad’s shoulders," he says.

The egg roll has been a White House tradition for more than 125 years.

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