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Campers braving frigid temps at Derby Chick-fil-A campout

A freezing cold Chick-fil-A camper in Derby, trying to earn free food for a year.
A freezing cold Chick-fil-A camper in Derby, trying to earn free food for a year. Chick-fil-A

You have to really, really want free Chick-fil-A to camp out for it in frigid, below-10-degree weather.

At least 50 people in Derby really, really want that free Chick-fil-A. They are, at this frigid moment, camped out at the new Chick-fil-A at 1818 N. Rock Road in Derby to be one of the first 100 adults in line when the store opens at 6 a.m. Thursday, earning them coupons good for a year’s worth of free food.

Brrrr.

The campers are there bundled up in winter gear and getting shelter in tents with generators, according to a Chick-fil-A publicist. If they make it thought the night, when temperatures are expected to drop as low as 6 degrees, they’ll earn the prize. If no more than 50 campers materialize, the first 50 walkups on Thursday morning also will get the prize.

The campouts are a tradition at Chick-fil-A openings. Wichita had two, one when the Central and Rock store opened in March of 2012, and one when the 21st and Maize store opened in August of 2012. Both of those campouts had around 150 people, though the weather wasn’t extreme at either of those events.

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