Despite a blast of winter weather, Faulkner County shoppers were out in full force Friday to take advantage of the holiday deals offered at area businesses.

With many stores opening well before dawn, shoppers camped out to get a jump on their holiday shopping.

Target manager Shaun Edwards described the tailgate-like atmosphere outside his store.

"We had people camping out since 6 o’clock last night," Edwards said. "There were people out with their grills, and they were chanting before we opened the doors this morning."

Edwards said the line to enter the store wrapped well around the building, but Target employees were prepared for the massive crowds.

"We had a great crowd control plan," Edwards said. "We had an entire day to get everything perfect. Everyone was really excited to open this morning."

Although everything was running smoothly at Target, Edwards said the biggest concern was making sure the shelves stayed full.

"After 6 a.m., you ask ‘what does the store look like?’" Edwards said. "We have a lot of behind-the-scenes people that have been pulling things out of the back to make sure we’re full."

Best Buy manager Brad Coen said things were running just as smooth across the street at Conway Commons.

"We’ve been extremely busy, but everything has been running very smooth," Coen said. "The line this morning was past Staples, but we managed to get everybody through the doors in about 10 or 15 minutes."

Shoppers had postive Black Friday experiences, as well.

Kari Farnam was pleased with her shopping day, but believed there were fewer shoppers this year.

"It went really good," Farnam said. "It’s a lot better than last year."

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