Free chicken took precedence over freezing temperatures Wednesday night.
Chick-fil-A lovers braved the cold with hot cocoa and heaters outside their tents as they prepared to spend the night in order to be one of 100 people to receive 52 of the restaurant's gift certificates for free combo meals — one meal per week for a year — as part of the Riverdale store opening Thursday.
Campers danced with a Chick-fil-A mascot cow as a DJ played music in the background at the new store at 4067 Riverdale Road.
"Every time we do a grand opening, we give away $26,000 in free food. We've been doing it for six years," said Anne Lerner, a public relations representative contracted by Chick-fil-A. "The president of the company is doing his 100th camp out at Pompano Beach (in Florida)."
— Lana Groves