Chick-fil-A campout commences

Wichita campers

UPDATE: (6:50 a.m., 3/14)  Stand down, would-be Chick-Fil-A campers. Managers just told me that more than 100 people showed up at 6 a.m. to camp out, so they won’t be taking any more campers. Watch for my story from Chick-fil-A later today.

In just about 40 hours, CHICK-FIL-A WILL OPEN!!

Wichita’s first free-standing Chick-fil-A at Central and Rock, highly anticipated by fans of juicy chicken sandwiches, is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

But the Chick-fil-Craziness starts sooner.

The chain famously gives away coupons good for free Chick-fil-A food for a year to those who camp out to be the first in line. Between 5:45 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning, 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.

If 100 people haven’t joined the line by 6 a.m., managers will continue to accept participants until they have 100. A corporate spokeswoman said she’d let me know in the morning how long the line is.

Anyone planning to camp tomorrow? I’ll be there around 1:30 p.m. to interview you, so be sure your makeup and hair are looking their best.