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Our 5 Favorite 2012 Kids' State Dinner Moments

Summary: 
Fifty-four kids from every U.S. state, three territories, and D.C. will join the First Lady and the White House today for the second annual Kids' State Dinner.

Earlier this summer, 1,300 children submitted their favorite healthy recipes to Epicurious to compete in the second annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Today, the fifty-four winners and their parent/guardian (one pair from each of the 50 states, plus three of the territories, and D.C.) are visiting the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama for the Kids' State Dinner.

This is an exciting event, and one you won't want to miss – that's why we're livestreaming the Kids' State Dinner, including a special performance by singer Rachel Crow, on LetsMove.gov/Kids-State-Dinner. Make sure you tune in at 11:25 AM EDT today. 

Want a sneak-peek? Check out some of our favorite memories from the 2012 Kids' State Dinner below!

1. Healthy Eating

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford plates Quinoa Black Bean and Corn Salad

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford plates Quinoa Black Bean and Corn Salad in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House before the Kids' State Dinner, Aug. 20, 2012. The salad was a winning recipe from Haile Thomas, 11, of Arizona. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

President Barack Obama Samples a Baked Zucchini Fry at the Epicurious Kids’ State Dinner

President Barack Obama samples a baked zucchini fry in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House after dropping by the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room, Aug. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

2. Surprise Visits

President Barack Obama Drops by the Epicurious Kids’ State Dinner

President Barack Obama drops by the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

3. Entertainment 

First Lady Michelle Obama and guests applaud as Big Time Rush performs during the Kids’ State Dinner

First Lady Michelle Obama and guests applaud as Big Time Rush performs during the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

Epicurious Kids’ State Dinner Guests Tour the White House Kitchen Garden

Kids’ State Dinner guests tour the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, Aug. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

5. Balloon Animals

Balloon creations are piled under the George Washington bust in the Cross Hall of the White House

Balloon creations are piled under the George Washington bust in the Cross Hall of the White House during the luncheon and entertainment portion of the Kids’ State Dinner, Aug. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Check back for our top 2013 Kids' State Dinner moments.