The 'Hotlight' is on: New Krispy Kreme opens, Aynor boy claims free donuts

People waited overnight for free donuts at a new Krispy Kreme location in Myrtle Beach. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

How long would you wait in line for donuts? For a boy from Aynor, that answer is nearly 24 hours.

That's how long 10-year-old Carson stood outside the new Krispy Kreme location in Myrtle Beach.

A line this long means you're longing for something, and everyone in this line particular was craving the same thing: "I love donuts!" someone shouted.

The first 100 people in line received free donuts for a year.

To earn one of those coveted spots in the first 100, dozens traded their comfortable beds for the concrete curbside while others skipped sleep altogether.

While they waited, some daydreamed about the delicious donuts they would soon devour.

"I'll probably take a few to work and share with my co-workers," said Edward Dobson. "Well, maybe, if I don't eat them all before I get there."

But, no one else arrived as early as Carson. The 10-year-old arrived at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and waited nearly 24 hours to be the first in line.

As the first, Carson was granted the honor of being the first through the door, and the first to flip the switch on the new "Hotlight" that will signal hot dozens again and again.

"I'm so excited!" said one donut lover. Everyone at the opening agreed that the tasty treats and fun experience were well worth the wait.

"Oh yeah, it's worth it. Anytime you get anything free, it's worth it," said Odes Ledford.

The new Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is located off of Highway 501 across from Tanger Outlets.

For those who couldn't be part of the first 100 in the door, there's another chance to get a deal on some donuts.

In honor of Krispy Kreme's 80th birthday on Friday, July 14, all stores will be offering a dozen donuts for 80 cents after you buy the first dozen at regular price.

Krispy Kreme is based in North Carolina. Vernon Rudolph founded the company on July 13, 1937.

Rudolph sold the donuts to local grocery stores in old Salem in Winston-Salem at the time.

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