For Newcastle's first Citywide Easter Egg Hunt, organizers wanted to start things off in style.
When the Easter Bunny himself flew in on a Air Evac medical helicopter in front of more than 1,000 kids and parents at Veterans' Park, officials from both groups certainly did just that.
Hundreds of kids snapped up more than 11,000 eggs in a matter of minutes from the park's north soccer field Saturday, April 12.
"The turnout was amazing, especially for our first year," Newcastle Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeannette Lore said. "There were hundreds upon hundreds of people out here."
Kids of all ages were invited out to the park to hunt the plastic eggs filled with candy, toys and even small amounts of cash. Before and after the hunt, kids were free to take part in activities such as facepainting, a moonbounce, tours of the Air Evac helicopter and various Newcastle Fire Department vehicles, and a petting zoo provided by Traveling Tails of Blanchard stocked with rabbits, baby ducks, baby goats and turtles.