Almost two years ago I experienced my first CFA camp out, kind of. It wasn't the traditional camp out that lasts approximately 24 hours, this one only lasted about 12 and it was on a weekend vs a weekday so those were huge factors to take into account when I decided to participate.
Any time there is a new Chick-fil-a opening, there will traditionally be a First 100 camp out. To read all of the rules and tips, please visit their site but I'll run through the gist below.
Basically, they give you a start time the day before store is to open. Typically around 6:00 am on a Wednesday morning and the first 100 people that show up and can prove their eligibility have the opportunity to spend the next 24 hours outside of that Chick-fil-a and will in turn receive 52 free #1 vouchers. If there are more than 100 people that show up, they do a random drawing to see who stays and who goes. Show up at least 15-20 minutes before the start time to make sure you're in line when they do the count. You don't want to miss it even by a minute!
Be prepared to be turned away.
They recently had a grand re-opening for a rebuilt CFA near work and I think I would have been eligible, but it was in the middle of the week and I wasn't guaranteed a spot so I didn't even try. I just can't justify taking 1-2 days off work because I'm sure I would need a day to recuperate after spending 24 hours outside!
When I participated, it was a 10th anniversary,so the CFA was still open and serving regular customers. We had to be there by 8:00 pm and there weren't more than 100 people so all of us that showed up were able to participate. The friend I went with had participated in 15+ grand openings while he was in college and his meals were basically paid for. Awesome, right?!
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Activities and GoodiesThere was a DJ that played well into the night, probably stopping about 1:00 am maybe. We made the mistake of sitting right up front by the DJ, won't do that again. Although, even after the music stopped there were these two guys that would not stop talking and it was getting to be like 4:00 am!
Some people bring tents, especially those that attend a traditional opening for 24 hours. I only took a chair, sweatshirt and a bag of books/my iPad to keep me busy. It was the middle of August, but boy did it get chilly at night.
A has a one-person tent that he used at each opening and I think he brought a book too. Cards would be a good thing to bring or board games!!! You'll have a lot of down time to fill up.
Pictures are great, I also apparently brought a hat and my umbrella. You never know how the Florida weather is going to go!
There were some people there that had been to a lot more than A and they were true enthusiasts. I wonder if there is a Guinness World Record or anything?
They had a late night meal for us, a #1 of course and we also got a cookie! They also had the bathrooms open for people to use the restroom. In the tent pic, you can see the people "walking" through the drive-thru lane, haha!
In the morning when we were going through the line to pick up our cards, they also gave out free t-shirts and I still wear mine; it says I *heart* Chick-fil-a! Inside the box with the same sticker were my 52 cards for #1 meals, I should have taken a pic of the stack!!
I am a ditz sometimes and had to ask what the significance of the 52 was...it's one free meal a week. *face palm*
I also still have ONE free meal left that I haven't used up. I thought I had used them all up, I mean I gave away a couple dozen and then I found two cards in my glove compartment. Apparently they no longer give out individual cards, which was nice because you could share them with friends, family or even random strangers. They now give a pre-loaded card. You get the same stuff, but it's not really the same.
I've stood in line for other store openings and received gift cards, but those you don't have to spend 24 hours, it's more like 1-5.
If I gave out any wrong info, please keep in mind my event was not a traditional event and I'm going off my experience! This is also one of those times it would be nice to have a proof reader, lol.
Have you ever attended a store opening?