Chicken camp out draws devoted

Posted on: 6:38 pm, February 27, 2013, by

OKLAHOMA CITY – You may have seen it as you drove past Westgate Shopping Center Wednesday, Dozens of tents were piled in the new Chick-fil-A parking lot.

Fans of the restaurant camp out to be the first in line for opening day Thursday.

They’ve been called “chicken obsessed” even “chicken crazy.”

“Like a Chick-fil-A groupie,” Todd Moore said.

He has camped out at Chick-fil-A openings 72 times now.

He left behind his life as a landlord in Atlanta for this Oklahoma City store.

“You get compelled to do it,” Moore said.

He’s not the only one feeling a tug toward the chicken.

“It’s just a day to get away,” one camper said.

Ray Watkins and his wife came from Florida to camp out.

“When I first went to it, I thought it was the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of but it’s a lot of fun,” Watkins said. “I enjoy it and it’s a good 24 hours we spend together.”

The first 100 people in line get a free meal every week for one year.

Moore has racked up nearly $20,000 worth of meals since he started camping in 2006.

This time he was late to the line.

The issue is 108 people fill the tents so eight people have to drop out before Moore can get his free meals for the year.

However, out in the parking lot, you quickly learn it’s not about the food.

“It starts out about the food then it becomes, with me anyway, like an addiction,” Moore said.

Surrounded with other campers, bundled in frigid temps, he said he’s hooked on the companionship and challenge that come with the chicken.

The campers will get inside the doors at 6 a.m. Thursday.