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BUCKFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Next Monday, children from across the country will convene on the South Lawn of the White House for the annual Easter egg roll.

It's been a tradition since President Rutherford B. Hayes took office back in 1877 and for the last seven years the star of the show has been a product made in Maine.

While Easter egg rolls typically feature hard boiled eggs, the ones rolling on the South Lawn are wooden keepsakes.
That are manufactures at Wells Wood Turning and Finishing Inc. in Buckfield, Maine.

"It was worrisome at first," says Production Manager Ellen Bragg, "because it's being shipped to the White House so it's like oh my God! It's gotta be perfect."

The small company which has around 30 employees, is one of the last wood turning plants in the United States.

The owners say they got the prestigious contract because of their reputation for quality and on time deliveries.

"That's pretty important because Easter is Easter and you can't be late," says co-owner Tom Wallace.

Wallace says there's a lot of back and forth with this order because the First Lady's staff is always involved with the color and design work.

"No eggs have been returned to us, so that's a very good thing," says Wallace.

This year the National Park Foundation ordered 85,000 eggs. They're made of birch--which is sustainably harvested in Maine.
This set features 5 eggs; 4 depicting a bunny skipping rope to promote First Lady Michele Obama's fitness campaign, and The 5th featuring Bo the First Dog.

Maine Senior Senator Susan Collins, who toured the plant before the Easter celebration, said the eggs are an important calling card for all Maine made wood products.

"My hope is that as other company's learn of this company, that they'll call and start placing orders," said the Senator.

Wells Wood Turning say they often get calls looking for the White House egg collection, but to spare you the trouble...they can't sell them directly.

They are available through the National Park Foundation.

For more information, go to www.easter.nationalparks.org

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