Cow Appreciation Day: An Interview with a Chick-fil-A Cow



On July 9th, Chick-fil-A’s across America will celebrate “Cow Appreciation Day.”  In anticipation of this 14-year tradition, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Chick-fil-A Clemmons cow representative and learn more about this day, and what it means to represent the Chick-fil-A brand.

Denise:  Thank you so much for meeting with me today!

Cow:  No problem; I am happy to talk about anything that has to do with cow appreciation!

Denise:  Before we get started, what name do you go by?

Cow:  Actually, I don’t have one.  The human tendency to name their children was never a trend that caught on in the bovine community.  “Cow” will do just fine.”

Denise:  Fair enough. Cow, how long have you been affiliated with Chick-fil-A?

Cow:  Let’s see…. We started supporting Chick-fil-A in 1995.  So it’s been a 24-year partnership at this point.

Denise:  Wow, that’s a long time to encourage people to eat chicken!

Cow:  Yes, we enjoy every minute of it.

Denise:  You say, “We.”  How many Chick-fil-A cows are there?

Cow:  You know, it’s udderly impossible to say.  There are a lot of us, and we have a variety of interests.  At the end of the day, though, we’re all Holstein cows who simply want to encourage humans to “Eat mor chikin.”

Denise:  I understand. It’s clear you are up for the job.

Cow:  Well, after 24 years, it’s more like a mission.

Denise:  Why is this mission important to you?

Cow:  Do you really need me to explain why it’s more beneficial to cows if humans eat chicken?

Denise:  I see your point.  Let’s move on….  Let’s talk about Cow Appreciation Day.

Cow:  That’s our favorite day of the year!  The head bulls at the Chick-fil-A headquarters started Cow Appreciation Day in 2005.  It’s really no cowincidence that the event was hugely popular from the start.

Denise:  That’s amazing.  What is involved with the celebration?

Cow:  Humans are encouraged to embrace their inner-cows.  They come dressed up as a cow between opening and 7 PM on Cow Appreciation Day, and Chick-fil-A gives them a free entrée.

Denise:  How many people get free food?

Cow:  You know, they herd in so fast, sometimes, it’s hard to keep count.  Last year, I think close to two million cow-wannabes showed up and got free chicken.

Denise:  That’s a lot of chicken!  When is Cow Appreciation Day this year?

Cow:  We celebrate on Tuesday, July 9th!  It’s an unbelievabull day.

Denise:  So what kind of costumes do people come in?

Cow:  You know, you humans can be so creative.  While some people may wear some cow ears and call themselves a cow, I’ve seen other humans really embrace the spirit of the cow.  Either way—whether the costumes are simple or elaborate, it’s a mooving experience to see.

Denise:  I understand you have a website to commemorate the event?  I believe the address is www.CowAppreciationDay.com, is that right?

Cow:  I’m told we have a website.  Hooves are a little hard to type with, so I haven’t spent much time on the cowputer to see.

Denise:  You mean the computer?

Cow:  That’s what I said.

Denise:  Is Cow Appreciation Day something that is celebrated at all Chick-fil-A restaurants?

Cow:  Absolutely. It’s an event that we look forward to celebrating.  It’s a chance for us to interact with humans, and that’s always something fun.  To be honest, the night before Cow Appreciation Day, I can barely sleep when I hit the hay!  It’s just so exciting!

Denise:  Anything else you want to say to our readers?

Cow:  I hope to see you on Cow Appreciation Day!  And whatever you do, “Eat mor chikin!”

Cow Appreciation Day will be celebrated at all local Chick-fil-A locations on Tuesday, July 9th from opening to 7 PM.  Dress like a cow to get a free entrée!


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