In a newly paved parking lot along East Market Street, Lisa Parrot set up her tent and sleeping bag.
The Hanover resident, who described her age as "beginning the best years of my life," was waiting for the grand opening of the new Chick-fil-A in Springettsbury Township.
Parrot was among more than 150 people who camped outside Wednesday in anticipation of the new location at 2801 E. Market St..
"For me, this is a bucket list kind of thing," she said.
Because she was one of the first 100 people in line, at 6 a.m. Thursday she will receive 52 coupons for a free chicken sandwich, waffle fries and a medium drink.
"I really like Chick-fil-A, and you get about $500 in free food," Parrot said.
The self-proclaimed empty nester said she was camping alone and making friends with others who travel to Chick-fil-A grand openings.
"Nobody else was crazy enough to do this with me," she said. "I devoted my life to raising children. Now my life is for me. This is how I'm starting the rest of my life."
Each of the first 100 adults in line will win a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals.
The line opened at 6 a.m. Wednesday, and the free meal cards will be awarded at 6 a.m. Thursday. Chick-fil-A will be open for business immediately thereafter.
"I can't wait," said John Bankston, a 58-year-old retiree attending his 60th Chick-fil-A grand opening.
Bankston traveled nearly 10 hours and 670 miles from Chattanooga, Tenn., to York to be one of the first 100 in line, but he didn't make the cut.
"Now, I'm just considered a guest," he said.
Even if he had won, he still would have been in the red. It costs more to travel to York from Tennessee than buy 52 of the meals Chick-fil-A gives to the first 100 customers in line.
"I never thought of it that way. There's a camaraderie at these things, and you get free coffee all day," Bankston said.
Kami Zink agreed.
The 38-year-old Dover resident was attending her second Chick-fil-A grand opening. Her first was in Hanover in August.
"I always meet Chick-fil-A friends. There's a great fellowship," she said.
Zink was playing cards with new friends who traveled from their homes in New Jersey to attend the event.
"I'm also addicted to their sweet tea," she said.
Zink works as a secretary in a local doctor's office, and she said her colleagues encouraged her to take the day off and attend the grand opening.
"I go to Chick-fil-A every day for lunch, so they said I may as well try to get some free meals," she said.
Hellam resident Arianna Good was also vying for the prize.
The 24-year-old teacher for Southeastern School District set up her tent among stay-at-home moms from Lancaster and their friends from Fort Washington, Pa.
Their group of six became friends after attending previous grand openings in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia, she said.
Good was not one of the first 100 in line, but she said was sticking around through Thursday morning.
"It's a great experience. You get free meals while you wait and you get to meet cool people. There's a really great energy here. It's just fun," she said.
The Springettsbury Township restaurant has dual drive-thru lanes, inside seating for 130 and additional outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi.
Starting Thursday, hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The new Chick-fil-A is the fourth location in York County. The Atlanta-based chicken chain also operates restaurants in York City, Shrewsbury and Hanover.