Nearly 30,000 expected at annual White House Easter Egg Roll

FILE - In this April 17, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, blows a whistle to begin an Easter Egg Roll race on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington during the annual White House Eastern Egg Roll. The White House is opening the gates for its biggest social event of the year, the annual Easter Egg Roll. Trump and his wife, Melania, are hosting festivities Monday, April 2, 2018, on the South Lawn for a crowd of nearly 30,000 adults and children. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON — The White House is opening the gates for its biggest social event of the year, the annual Easter Egg Roll.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, are hosting Monday's festivities on the South Lawn for a crowd of nearly 30,000 adults and children. That's larger than last year, Trump's first year in office, when the White House said it expected 21,000 attendees.

The first lady announced last week that lawn bowling has been added to a roster of festivities that includes the tradition of rolling of hard-boiled eggs across the lawn. There's also a nook where Mrs. Trump and other officials will take turns reading books and a station for kids to make greeting cards for U.S. troops.

The White House Easter Egg Roll dates to 1878.

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