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More than 21,000 expected at Trump's first Easter Egg Roll

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Posted at 7:49 AM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 07:49:58-04

Thousands of children are heading to the White House for its biggest social event of the year: the annual Easter Egg Roll.

There had been some hand-wringing over whether President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, would be able to pull off a successful "egg-stravaganza." Both the president and first lady have been slow to fill White House staff jobs.

But a downsized version of the 139-year-old event is kicking off early Monday on the South Lawn.

The White House is expecting more than 21,000 children and adults to attend the festivities. That's down from the 35,000 people who attended last year.

The first lady tweeted over the weekend that she's looking forward to hosting the Easter Egg Roll. The event was first held in 1878.

Kids under 12 who participate in the Easter Egg Roll will receive wooden eggs inscribed with the President and First Lady's signatures.

Tickets were given to schools, children's hospitals and families of military and law enforcement.

ABC2 News contributed to this report.

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