More than 200,000 people applied for tickets online and 30,000 were lucky enough to get passes for the 133rd edition, according to the White House. The event featured the traditional egg roll and a host of other activities from yoga to a concert by pop star Willow Smith.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m., the first family appeared on a south balcony of the White House. After a short introduction from the president, Michelle Obama addressed the crowd.
“Is everybody having a good time?” the first lady said to a loud cheer. “It’s a beautiful day.”
The Obamas then made their way to the South Lawn to participate in an egg roll. President Obama pulled out a whistle.
“Everybody feels good about their form?” he said before sounding the start of the race.
The kids thwacked their eggs across the grass with wooden spoons. Obama sheperded a young girl in a flower-print dress who was a little slower than the rest and provided a final assist: He helped her flick her egg across the finish line.
Bryson Earle, 10, of Columbia, S.C., was attending his second Egg Roll.
“It’s sort of like Disneyland, but they don’t have rides,” he said. “They got the characters, though.”
Like other egg rolls under the Obamas, the theme of the event — “Get Up and Go!” — aims to promote physical fitness and healthy eating. Kids ran obstacle courses and could go shopping with their parents at a farmer’s market.
The event got under way at 7:30 a.m. and runs until after 6 p.m.
This post has been updated since it was first published.