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Maine company plays a role at White House Easter Egg roll

April 20, 2019
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In this March 29, 2019 photo, Easter eggs with the official Seal of the President of the United States sits on display at Maine Wood Concepts in New Vineyard, Maine. The White House Easter Egg Roll will once again feature colorful eggs made in Maine. Maine Wood Concepts has created 100,000 wooden eggs featuring the president and first lady’s signatures for the annual event that takes place Monday, April 22, 2019 on the White House lawn. (Michael G. Seamans/The Central Maine Morning Sentinel via AP)

NEW VINEYARD, Maine (AP) — The White House Easter Egg Roll will once again feature colorful eggs made in Maine.

Maine Wood Concepts has created 100,000 wooden eggs featuring the president and first lady’s signatures for the annual event that takes place Monday on the White House lawn.

The eggs will be included in gift bags given to children at the egg roll.

The White House is expecting thousands of kids to take part in Monday’s event with games, stories and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. The highlight for the kids is using a wooden spoon to see who’s the fastest to roll eggs across the lawn.

The eggs are painted colors derived from the White House: the Green Room, the Blue Room, the Red Room, the Vermeil Room, and the Rose Garden.

All of the eggs feature the signatures of President Donald Trump and first lady, Melania. The vermeil, or gold egg, also has the presidential seal.

The New Vineyard-based company is proud to be part of an “American tradition,” company executive Michael Conway said.

“It’s such a traditional American event, so just to be a small part of it is really cool,” Conway told the Morning Sentinel newspaper.

President Rutherford B. Hayes started the Easter event in 1898. The souvenir wooden eggs became part of the tradition in 1981.