Cabela's in Fort Oglethorpe inundated on opening day

Cabela employee Tiffany Westbrook prepares to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Cabela store Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Westbrook climbed a deer stand and used a compound bow to shoot an arrow into a target and break the ribbon.

Finally, Wednesday morning came.

At 5 a.m., Wednesday, more than 100 people were already waiting along the sidewalks at Fort Oglethorpe's Cabela's, anticipating the moment five hours later when the heavy wooden doors would open to the public and store staffers would cheer and clap and hand out $1,000 shopping sprees, GoPro cameras and MoonPies.

Early Wednesday, top Cabela's officials -- including co-founder and co-owner Mary Cabela -- showed up in town on a jet and drove down to the brand-new Fort Oglethorpe store, the third Cabela's location to open in Georgia, following Augusta and Acworth.

The store opened at its location just behind Costco off Cobb Parkway near Interstate 75 and Cloud Springs Road.