Sizzling Start For Chick-fil-A

Sizzling Start For Chick-fil-A

Nearly 200 people battled the Texoma heat to camp outside the Chick-fil-A in Wichita Falls, a day before it was set to open.

"The bad thing is, this heat," said Seth McNamar, who was at his 7th Chick-fil-A grand opening. He and his friends traveled all the way from Tulsa to be one of the first 100 people in line to win free Chick-fil-A for a year.
Many people came from miles and hours away, but most came prepared for the triple digit heat in Wichita Falls. Tents lined the parking lot for shade and many people brought fans with access to the building's electricity. Others found shade wherever possible, from the restaurant's awning or signs.

The company also did a lot to make sure the people waiting outside were safe in the heat. Chick-fil-A provided unlimited water and sweet tea, and played water games for kids and adults.

People were also allowed to go inside the restaurant to use the restroom or cool off. "They did offer sun block, shade, water, frozen  T-shirts that you have to try to untie, lots of things to keep you cool, water balloons," said Michelle Nash, who traveled from the Dallas area with her son.

The 100 finalists (who will win 52 coupons for free meals at Chick-fil-A) also got to have up to five guests wait with them for the 24 hours leading up to opening day. These people will not win the food, but stay just for the party atmosphere.

"The best part of it for us is just the community here. Because the people that come out to these things are so nice, and the staff is always awesome," said Naomi Stokes, who came for her 12th time with her two kids and family.

The fun environment at the CHick-fil-A openings is why people will not only brave the conditions for an opening near them, but most travel will travel hours to get to one. Most people at the Wichita Falls opening were from out of town, and many had done it more than once.