Parkersburg girls join White House Easter Egg Roll

Photo Provided McKenzie and Madeline Lore of Parkersburg participated in the White House’s Easter Egg Roll on Monday.

WASHINGTON — A couple of girls from Parkersburg had the opportunity to participate in the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll this week.

Madeline and McKenzie Lore traveled to Washington, D.C., with their parents Andrew and Rachel to participate in the event held Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Judy Sheppard of Professional Services of America in Parkersburg knows U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., through work she does in New York and was able to secure tickets for the Lores to attend the event.

This was the second time Madeline, 6, has been able to attend the event. She attended in 2013 at the age of 2, which is the age of her sister.

“It was an honor to be able to go twice,” Andrew said. “It is a huge event. I don’t know how many volunteers were there, but it was a well-organized event that takes a lot of people to pull off.”

Photo Provided Rachel, Andrew, Madeline and McKenzie Lore of Parkersburg traveled to Washington, D.C., over the weekend to participate in the White House’s Easter Egg Roll on Monday.

The family stayed at the Willard InterContinental Washington, which they were able to walk from around the city on Saturday. They got to see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Smithsonian Museum and other points of interest in the city.

There were lines of people when they arrived at the White House on Monday.

“The 2-year-old fell asleep on my shoulder while we were in line,” Andrew said. “There were a lot of lines. Once they got warmed up they really enjoyed themselves.”

Once they got onto the White House grounds, the lines were shorter and the kids were able to enjoy themselves and have fun.

The family went to the cookie-making station where they decorated cookies with icing, a coloring station where they colored with markers on a white board, egg-coloring station, and participated in the egg hunt and the historical egg roll.

Photo Provided Madeline and McKenzie Lore of Parkersburg pose with the storybook character The Very Hungry Caterpillar during the White House’s Easter Egg Roll on Monday in Washington, D.C.

They saw an a cappella group with the U.S. Army perform.

They took pictures with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, saw Elmo, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other characters. They also got to see the “Beast,” the president’s new limo.

“There was a lot to do in a short amount of time,” Andrew said.

Madeline said she enjoyed the Egg Hunt and the Egg Roll the most.

“I found eggs,” she said. “I saw the Easter bunny, Ninja Turtles and I got an egg pop.”

Photo Provided Rachel, McKenzie and Madeline Lore of Parkersburg pose with the Easter bunny during the White House’s Easter Egg Roll on Monday in Washington, D.C.

Peeled hard-boiled eggs were put on a stick and served to the kids.

“I liked making the cookie and coloring the eggs,” Madeline said.

She also said she liked dressing up in a pretty dress and running around the White House lawn.

Her sister also had a good time.

“I had fun,” McKenzie said.

Madeline found a golden egg during the Egg Hunt and got a special poster of the White House.

The event used real colored dyed eggs in the Egg Roll and Egg Hunt.

“The amount of effort that comes prior to everything is amazing,” Andrew said. “The volunteers did an excellent job of getting everyone where they needed to be in a timely manner.”

There were groups of children participating with hundreds of children there throughout the day.

“There were a lot of people there, including all of the volunteers and there on the White House grounds,” Andrew said.

The family did not see President Donald Trump during their time there, believing he was there at an earlier time.

Rachel said the family enjoyed themselves.

“There were a ton of people, but we all had a really good time,” she said.

Each of the kids who participated got a commemorative ceramic egg as a keepsake.

The family was also able to buy a full set of commemorative ceramic eggs.

The Lores were impressed with how everything occurred while the event was proceeding, especially having to deal with the change in the presidency.

“It was amazing they were able to pull it off in the timely manner they did,” Andrew said, from each egg being colored, to the activities, to all of the volunteer coordination.

“It was just amazing how they did it all,” Andrew said.