In Garner, the eggs literally rained from the sky.
A helicopter twice dropped 5,000 toy- and treat-filled plastic eggs onto Ken's Korny Corn Maze for separate hunts for children ages 4-7 and ages 8-12. Pre-school-aged children also got their own hunt.
The plastic treats landed safely, and children pounced to fill their baskets.
Organizers also handed out prizes, including a helicopter ride, an iPod Nano, Mp3 player, a toy chest, movie tickets and gift certificates.
At Raleigh's self-advertised biggest and best Easter egg hunt, volunteers scattered 4,000 plastic eggs throughout Moore Square Park in downtown.
Thousands of children lined up, waiting expectantly with their parents, and then were allowed to rush forward, snatching up as many eggs as they could find.