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Event on Richmond Road draws those seeking free chicken meals for a year

What is it like camping out for free Chick-fil-A for a year?

Campers were invited to the new Chick-fil-A restaurant, opening Thursday on Richmond road, to camp out for a chance at being one of the first 100 to win a year supply of Chick-fil-A.
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Campers were invited to the new Chick-fil-A restaurant, opening Thursday on Richmond road, to camp out for a chance at being one of the first 100 to win a year supply of Chick-fil-A.

Why are people camping at the new Chick-fil-A on Richmond Road in front of Southland Christian Church?

On Wednesday, Chick-fil-A is having one of its “First 100” camp outs, which means free food is given to the first 100 people who are in time to get a wristband when the store opens. Ten alternates also get wristbands, according to Cindi Pickett, a spokeswoman for Chick-fil-A, in case some of the campers drop out.

Chick-fil-A will feed the campers during the day and evening leading up to the restaurant opening at 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

A Chick-fil-A costumed cow will lead the campers inside the restaurant in the early morning, where they will exchange their wristbands for gift cards entitling them to a Chick-fil-A meal of a chicken sandwich, medium waffle potato fries and a medium drink, each week for a year.

People who want to win free Chick-fil-A for a year began camping out at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Some of those who arrived early Wednesday morning — around 40 — set up camp in what will be the double drive-thru area. Another group set up on the other side of the restaurant in a “glamping” — glamour plus camping — arrangement, including a patio arrangement that faced Richmond Road so the campers can wave to passing traffic.

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