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114 people camp out for West Conway Chick-fil-A

Posted: July 16, 2014 - 1:41pm
A line of people wait to hear their number called during a raffle-style drawing that took place at the new Chick-fil-A restaurant at 2510 Prince Street on Wednesday at 6 a.m. to determine the "First 100" customers who will receive free Chick-fil-A Sandwich meals for a year if they complete a 24-hour camp out in the restaurant's parking lot.
A line of people wait to hear their number called during a raffle-style drawing that took place at the new Chick-fil-A restaurant at 2510 Prince Street on Wednesday at 6 a.m. to determine the "First 100" customers who will receive free Chick-fil-A Sandwich meals for a year if they complete a 24-hour camp out in the restaurant's parking lot.

A total of 114 Chick-fil-A enthusiasts lined up first thing Wednesday morning at the new Chick-fil-A on Prince Street to participate in the franchise’s tradition of giving away free Chick-fil-A meals for a year to 100 adults who camp out the night before a new restaurant’s grand opening.

Campers traveled from Minnesota, Florida, Oklahoma, as well as many from around the local area to participate in the West Conway Chick-fil-A “First 100” event.

After 10 years and more than $21.5 million in free food given away, Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” celebration continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event, which transforms the restaurant parking lot into a 24-hour community friendly party as the crowd awaits the opening.

Participants pitched tents, canopies and hammocks. They inflated air mattresses, unrolled sleeping bags and rolled in cots. Some brought Frisbees, volleyballs and board games. Others had extension cords running from their parking square to outlets in the restaurant, all in an effort to keep themselves entertained, cool and comfortable for 24 hours.

Participants and alternates are limited to five guests who can join them in their 24-hour camp out. The rules say “participants, alternates and guests must remain in their designated spot on the premises until the Grand Opening of the Restaurant. (Exceptions are made for short restroom breaks and/or to comply with any applicable legal requirement.)”

Event organizers have a day full of games and activities planned, and campers will get to show off their dance moves when a DJ arrives at about 7 p.m. In addition to the $30,000 awarded in prizes, Chick-fil-A also feeds participants breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Those who make it the full 24 hours will receive their prizes when the restaurant celebrates its grand opening Thursday morning at 6.

With more than 100 people coming out for the event, the 100 spots were determined in a raffle-style drawing at 6 a.m. Ten of the remaining 14 people were selected as alternates who could win the grand prize if one of the first 100 does not make it through the 24-hour camping period. Others were guests of those selected to participate.

First 100 winners receive a digital offer card loaded with 52 free Chick-fil-A Sandwich Meals, an approximate retail value of $250. Chick-fil-A Sandwich Meals consist of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium drink.

Up to 10 alternate prizes consisting of a gift pack determined by the sponsor restaurant, containing items such as a plush cow, mug, book or four free Chick-fil-A food coupons, are awarded depending on the number of alternates remaining at the end of the giveaway period.

The new West Conway restaurant features the chain’s latest interior design and seats 139 with additional outdoor seating for about 40. Two drive-thru ordering lanes that merge into a single lane for pickup will enhance the chain’s award-winning drive-thru service. The restaurant, which also includes an interactive playground for children, is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. When Conway High School has a home football game, the restaurant will stay open until 11 p.m.

For more information on the new Conway Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit www.chick-fil-a.com/westconway or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cfawestconway.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 07/16/14 - 02:10 pm
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Hmm

Campers traveled from Minnesota, Florida, Oklahoma, as well as many from around the local area to participate in the West Conway Chick-fil-A “First 100” event.

One would think that the travel costs would lessen the value of the $250 food prize.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/16/14 - 03:17 pm
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But it's Chick-Fil-A.

But it's Chick-Fil-A.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 07/17/14 - 09:43 am
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Jackpot!

I just had the best idea ever, it takes advantage of the stack of people, promotes the chain, and is an excellent fund-raiser.

Ready?

"Stuck on a Chicken"

I know, right? You people are going to have to start paying me; I can't keep doing this for free.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 07/17/14 - 10:28 am
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"...free Chick-fil-A meals

"...free Chick-fil-A meals for a year to 100 adults who camp out the night before a new restaurant’s grand opening."

Too bad...

No "ADULT" showed up!

A.K.A. How to Apply for SNAP Benefits.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/17/14 - 10:58 am
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True

That's you and Reader were fourth and fifth in line.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 07/17/14 - 10:41 am
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The real question is

How many in line were boycotting Chick-Fil-A just one year ago?

sheniqua
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sheniqua 07/17/14 - 11:03 am
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For The Love of Chic Fil A!

They must really love Chic-Fil-A!

Budnmud
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Budnmud 07/17/14 - 01:23 pm
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not all

They just like getting something for free....

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/17/14 - 02:10 pm
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Had to been 114 Obama voters

Had to been 114 Obama voters then.

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