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Chick-fil-A frenzy officially begins today

  • Dining with Denise Neil
  • Published Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at 11:01 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 9:41 a.m.

The official opening date of Wichita’s much-anticipated Chick-fil-A is now 17 days away, and franchisee Brad Fuller is releasing details about how dedicated fans can be among the first people through the doors.

The restaurant, which specializes in super juicy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries that absorb ketchup perfectly, will open at the corner of Central and Rock roads on March 15. The building is nearly complete and ready to go.

Today, Fuller launched a scavenger hunt that will award tickets to a Raving Fans Premiere Night Dinner, scheduled for Tuesday, March 13. Today through Friday and March 5 through 9, fans can search for hidden stuffed Chick-fil-A cows using clues released by the restaurant. There will be 20 cows total (one already was found this morning) and those who find the cows get a ticket to the dinner. Clues are being revealed during the 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. hours on radio stations BOB FM, 97.1, and The Wolf, 100.5-FM, on the stations’ Facebook pages and websites, and on the Chick-fil-A Facebook page.

Fuller also told me how the big fan camp-out will work. It’s become tradition for fanatics to camp out overnight in front of about-to-open Chick-fil-As across the country, partially so they can be the first diners through the doors and partially because the first diners through the doors qualify for free Chick-fil-A for a year.

Here’s how it will work: Between 5:45 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, those who’ve gathered outside the restaurant all will be given a number. At 6 a.m., managers will draw 100 numbers. Those people will be invited to camp out until 6 a.m. Thursday morning, when they’ll be let in the doors and handed an envelope that contains their prize — the right to one free Chick-fil-A meal a week for a year. Campers have to stay in line for a full 24 hours or they forfeit the prize.

In other words, Wichita, you have 17 days left to enjoy the intersection of Central and Rock before it becomes completely unusable.

I kid. Kind of.

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