Campers at Canton Crossing for Chick-fil-A.
Campers at Canton Crossing for Chick-fil-A. (Courtesy of CP Communications Inc.)

UPDATE:  More than 200 people lined up early this morning to grab a spot in line for a chance at a year's supply of Chick-fil-A. The 100 selected through a drawing to be held today will be setting up tents to camp out through Thursday morning, when they will be given their supply cards.

Would you camp out for 24 hours in Canton for a free, one-year supply of Chick-fil-A meals?


That's the prize going to the first 100 adult customers who line up by 6 a.m. Thursday, May 29, outside the city's first stand-alone Chick-fil-A, opening that day in Canton Crossing.

The $5 billion restaurant chain considers the "First 100" celebration its signature grand opening event. It has given away more than $21 million worth of free food in a decade.

For the Canton opening, 100 customers each will get a digital card loaded with 52 free meals -- a more than $30,000 total value.

If more than 100 people have arrived when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. Weds., May 28, a drawing will determine the spots. Those selected will be required to camp out for the next 24 hours.

Unable to camp out but still hoping for a freebie? Anyone who donates at least five pet toys during a May 28 drive to benefit BARCS will get a free Chick-fil-A sandwich.

The new restaurant is creating more than 90 new jobs. It will feature the chain's newest vintage-inspired kitchen design and interior, with light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets.

A second area Chick-fil-A will open this summer in Aberdeen, with an expected August opening bringing the number in Maryland to 65.