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Hundreds compete for free Chick-fil-A at Bastrop grand opening

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Hundreds of Central Texans have been braving the summer heat for their shot at free Chick-fil-A for a year. Many Chick-fil-A fans came prepared, it looks like tent city.

Close to 200 people showed up Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. to brave the heat. By the afternoon it hit just under 100 degrees. The fire department even stopped by to hose people off.

Now 100 lucky winners were selected to receive free Chick-fil-A for a year but here's the catch--they have to stay overnight.

In the meantime it's pretty much a party. Chick-fil-A provided music and food to keep everyone entertained.

FOX 7 also spotted Juan Sierra Jr., who is known as the godfather of Chick-fil-A parking lot grand openings. He has been to 79 throughout the state of Texas and Louisiana within 12 years. Sierra was diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs disease but that isn't stopping him from coming out.

"He loves Chick-fil-A. He loves it and he loves all the nice parties they make and how nice they are. He's looking forward to the next one all the time," said Helen Sierra, Juan’s wife.

“I think this is going to be a home run. These people are excited, they're buzzing. The town is growing but there's still a really quaint historic feel to it, which is a phenomenal combination," Chick-fil-A owner Brett Farris said.

Also out here was Bastrop ISD promoting their bus campaign. Dozens of people stopped by to drop off school supplies. The goal is to provide 1,200 kids with filled backpacks by August. Last year they gave out 900.

These people have about nine hours left. They are keeping themselves busy. Then around 5:45 a.m. Thursday morning they will be let inside to get a shirt and digital card for free food.

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