Hundreds of Chick-fil-a superfans camp out in -10F polar plunge as they face off to win a year’s worth of free chicken
- Hundreds of lovers of the fast food chain suffered through wicked chills at new store openings in Kansas, Virginia and South Carolina
- The company traditionally gives a year’s worth of free food to the first 100 customers at each store opening
- Tent cities appeared in parking lots at the three stores as early as Wednesday morning as this week’s nationwide cold snap got even uglier
Hundreds of die-hard chicken sandwich fans swarmed Chick-fil-a locations in three states Wednesday, where they set up parking lot tent cities in bone-chilling bids to win a year’s worth of free food.
The campers hoping to be among the first 100 customers at new stores in Kansas, Virginia and South Carolina lined up just as the current polar plunge brought the weeks lowest temperatures yet this season across much of America.
Because the stores weren’t slated to open until 6am Thursday, the campers braved the frigid night as temperatures plunged to as low as -10F for some.
Bone-chilling: Chick-fil-a fans in Kansas (pictured), South Carolina and Virginia braved Wednesday night lows that dipped to -10F in the hopes of winning free food at the chicken sandwich chain
First 100: The chicken fans vied to be among the first 100 customers at three new locations that opened Thursday morning
Campers at the Derby, Kansas opening faced those lowest of lows and, perhaps unsurprisingly, only around 50 people had set up their tents and portable heaters in the lot as the sun set Wednesday.
As such, 50 more lucky breakfast customers would be rewarded with a coveted gift card loaded with some $32,000 worth of free food, reports MyFoxDC.
Campers at the Northern Virginia location were slightly more fortunate than their Kansan comrades, but not by much.
Hundreds packed the lot in Dumfries Wednesday as overnight lows plummeted to near zero and relentless wind chills made the temperature feel like 10 below.
Welcome! The Dumfries, Virginia chain opened with a raucous welcome from employees for the lucky first customers
The campers’ got what they came for as doors opened early Thursday and they were treated to a raucous welcome from store staff–one dressed as the chain’s cow mascot–in addition to the massive gift cards.
The most fortunate of the lot spent their nights waiting for a Powdersville, South Carolina store to open.
While the most southerly of the day’s openings, the Palmetto State’s came during a stretch of uncharacteristically low temperatures.
‘My husband said I’m nuts,’ South carolina camper Joy Boudreau told WLOS on Wednesday evening. ‘He packed me two sleeping bags, an air mattress, a bed roll and I think he’s bringing by another blanket. He thinks I’m crazy, he’s staying home nice and warm.’
In Kansas, only around 50 had lined up by Wednesday evening, meaning 50 more lucky breakfast customers would be rewarded with a coveted gift card loaded with some $32,000 worth of free food
Chik-fil-a gave campers games and some free food as they waited through the cold at the new locations