Although Suffolk is currently listed as Virginia's largest city in terms of square mileage, it was once mostly an agricultural county until 1974 when then Nansemond County merged with the City of Suffolk. Most of those farms were dotted with a variety of breeds of cows.
Calves and cows were showcased in the past, at the local level, at auctions, county fairs, 4-H shows and/or individual farms. However, over the last 10 years, the North Main Street Chick-Fil-A in Suffolk (and the 1,800 others across the nation) have been celebrating the beloved "Eat More Chikin" Cow at its annual Cow Appreciation Day.
According to Operations Director Terry Jernigan, Chick-Fil-A hosts Cow Appreciation Day the second Friday of July annually. This year will ring-in the 10th anniversary of the company's most celebrated event.
Customers may earn pieces of their cow costumes in several ways. The most loyal customers can visit the Suffolk site (or the site of their choice) next week to receive the following items:
Monday: Up-size your meal to receive your "spots"
Tuesday: Add cheese to your sandwich to receive your "sign board"
Wednesday: Purchase a large drink to receive a cow headband
Thursday: Purchase a cookie to receive any of the 3 items mentioned above you may need
Patrons may also visit Chick-fil-A.com (the only official Chick-fil-A website) to download items for their costume.
Once you have your complete cow hide on, visit any of the Atlanta-based 1,800 restaurants to receive a free meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner). Fully dressed means covered from "head to hoof" in cow attire. That will garner you a free Chick-Fil-A meal, which includes an entree, side item and Dr. Pepper (or beverage of your choice).
For those of you too chicken to go all-out in cow attire, you can receive a free entree of choice for wearing any cow-spotted accessory, such as a hat, scarf, tie or purse (as long as you are otherwise appropriately dressed).
In 2013, more than 900,000 cow-dressed customers stampeded Chick-Fil-A restaurants nationwide for Cow Appreciation Dayhttp://www.CowAppreciationDay.com. For its 10th annual celebration, the chain expects o corral more than one million cow-dressed guests.
Why not hoof it on down to your local Chick-Fil-A (North Main Street in Suffolk, VA) with your family on July 11th to "Eat More Chikin" at the 10th Annual Cow Appreciation Day. The cows will be looking for you!!!