No chickens here: Dozens brave bitter cold for chance at free Raising Cane's for a year

About 100 people braved the cold Thursday morning, Jan. 16, 2020, to try to earn free Raising Cane's chicken for a year. (John Gutowski / WOWT)
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- About 100 people lined up in Thursday morning's cold snap to attend a chicken chain's store opening near 50th and L streets in hopes of winning a year's worth of free Raising Cane's.

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers drew the crowd ahead of a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting for its newest Omaha location with the promise of granting 20 random attendees free Cane's for a year. The drawing was held between 9 and 10 a.m.; winning "Caniacs" had to be present to win.

The first 100 customers at Omaha's eighth Raising Cane's location received a T-shirt and a coupon to use at a later date.

Cheerleaders and mascots from Bryan and South Omaha high schools were expected to be in attendance; along with Sir Loin, mascot for the Omaha Beef, and Billy Bluejay, representing Creighton University.

Raising Cane's restaurant company is based in Baton Rouge, La.