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N.C. GIRL TO ROLL EGGS AT THE WHITE HOUSE
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N.C. GIRL TO ROLL EGGS AT THE WHITE HOUSE

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A 9-year-old North Carolina girl will be among hundreds of children who join President and Barbara Bush Monday to roll eggs on the White House lawn.

Jessica Blankenship, a third-grader who lives in Stanley, west of Charlotte, received an invitation this week. Her aunt, Debbie Blankenship, works at the White House.Pushing eggs across the White House lawn with spoons dates back to 1878 when President and Lucy Hayes began the tradition.

Jessica says she hasn't practiced pushing eggs with a spoon yet, but plans to do so before she leaves for Washington today.

``The winner of Monday's contest will get to hug and kiss the president,' she said.

Jessica hopes that she'll have that honor, but if not, she hopes she'll get to meet President Bush and have her picture taken with him.

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