The parking lot next to the new Chick-Fil-A eatery in Santee was transformed into a tent city today, as scores of people camped out for a chance to win a free meal each week for a yearBy 6 a.m. Wednesday, approximately 140 people had already lined up to get a number to qualify for the giveaway, which will be awarded to the first 100 people in line. Because of the overwhelming response, a raffle was held to assign priority numbers to the first 100 contestants and 10 alternates.
The contestants were in good spirits and appeared to be well prepared for the challenge as they set up tents, cots and other creature comforts to endure the overnight wait in line. One contestant said it was his 14th time competing for the weekly meal prize.
The Chick-Fil-A, which is at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.