Speak Out: Would You Camp Out for Free Fast Food?

A new Chick-fil-A opens in Kentlands on Thursday morning.

Hundreds are expected turn out for the grand opening of bright and early Thursday morning — and many of them will be hoping for something more than just a hot chicken biscuit.

The fast food chain, famous for inventing the "boneless breast of chicken sandwich" and its waffle fries, will be opening its newest location in Gaithersburg this week. The first 100 customers will each receive 52 vouchers for free Chick-fil-A meals — essentially one free value meal a week for a year. The prize is worth $260.

But claiming the prize won't be quite as simple as just showing up on time. A spokeswoman for the company told Patch in an email message that Chick-fil-A grand openings in other towns have drawn crowds of up to 450 people. Many hopefuls are expected to camp overnight for a chance at the prize pack. (In an last month, about half of the respondents indicated they had no intention of pitching a tent on the pavement.)

If more than 100 people are waiting in line 24 hours prior to the grand opening, the store will organize a raffle drawing for the vouchers, which will be distributed at about 6 a.m. Thursday.

Speak Out: Would you be willing to camp out overnight in a parking lot for a chance to win free Chick-fil-A? If not free chicken, then what ... the latest iPhone? Event tickets? A chance to shake hands with a celebrity? Let us know in the comments section.

Note: This article has been changed from its orginial version. The vouchers will be distributed on Wednesday morning, not Thursday morning.

Lezlie Crosswhite April 10, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Nope, I wouldn't camp out for fast food, free or otherwise. I don't like how it tastes. Not sure what event or celebrity I'd camp out for . . . it hasn't happened yet, so it probably never will!
Greg Cohen April 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Thanks, Lezlie. A Chick-fil-a campout isn't for me. I did participate in Paternoville - a week long campout at the student entrance of Beaver Stadium for front row tickets - while at Penn State. It was a great college experience and an incredibly fun and jam packed week. Over 1,000 people camped for the week!


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