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Thousands wait in line to check out new Cabela's

Thousands wait in line to check out the new Cabela's in Woodbury. (Staff photos by Riham Feshir)1 / 7
Evan Lecy and Stuart Cleveland were the first duo to enter the new Cabela's. They had been waiting since 11 p.m. Wednesday. 2 / 7
Honorary outfitter Brian Cote gets ready to shoot the ribbon.3 / 7
A unique ribbon cutting ceremony took place Thursday where an honorary outfitter shot the ribbon with an arrow.4 / 7
Employees greet customers as they walk into the store.5 / 7
Cabela's gave away some items to the first few hundred customers.6 / 7
Customers who didn't have smartphones scored Cabela caps at the grand opening.7 / 7

Customers camped out all night to be among the first in line to experience the new Woodbury Cabela's the minute it opened at 11 a.m. Thursday.

An estimated 2,000 customers formed a line in the parking lot that was decked out with large speakers playing rock 'n' roll music, a stage and a hunting stand where a special ribbon cutting ceremony took place.

Evan Lecy and Stuart Cleveland of St. Paul were waiting since 11 p.m. Wednesday to be the first in line and "earn some bragging rights."

The 19-year-old outdoorsmen had the day off and were eager to check out shooting sports gear, fishing products and camping equipment.

"Normally we have to drive to Rogers," Cleveland said, "so it's nice to have one close."

They weren't exactly sure what they were shopping for Thursday, but said it was still nice to "check out the store and daydream about things we want to buy."

Cabela's held a grand opening celebration where honorary outfitter Brian Cote shot a ribbon with a bow and arrow, marking a special kind of ribbon cutting ceremony.

The crowd cheered Cote as he hit the ribbon straight on without any trouble.

Store officials then threw confetti in the air and opened the doors to the thousands of customers who had been waiting in line all morning.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.