Chick-fil-A hosts Cow Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

Chick-fil-A Rock­mart hosted their an­nual Cow Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day event filled with free food and fun.

The cor­po­rate-en­dorsed event has been held for the past fif­teen years at over 2,400 Chick-fil-A restau­rants across the coun­try, with Chick-filA Rock­mart cel­e­brat­ing their sec­ond year of par­tic­i­pa­tion this year.

Cow Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day was cre­ated to cel­e­brate cus­tomer ap­pre­ci­a­tion and honor the com­pany’s iconic Eat Mor Chikin® Cows. On the des­ig­nated day, cus­tomers who visit any Chick-fil-A restau­rant lo­ca­tion wear­ing any cow­like ap­parel or ac­ces­sory will re­ceive a free en­tree.

Chick-fil-A Rock­mart de­cided to go above and be­yond with their 2019 cel­e­bra­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties on Tuesday, July 9, in­clud­ing host­ing a live calf and a pho­tog­ra­pher, which seemed to play a role in the al­most dou­bled in­crease of com­mu­nity turnout com­pared to last year’s event.

“I had quite a few cus­tomers tell me that they passed other Chick-fil-A lo­ca­tions to come to us be­cause we had the live cow,” Chick-fil-A Rock­mart Op­er­a­tor Zach Thomas said.

Thomas added that their lo­ca­tion gave away al­most 400 meals be­tween the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. that day.

The restau­rant also

al­lowed mem­bers of the Polk County Show Team to col­lect do­na­tions all day. The stu­dents raised over $501 for the up­com­ing school year and show sea­son, which was an in­crease from the $460 they raised last year.

“It’s a great and fun way to ap­pre­ci­ate the cows and our cus­tomers and get the com­mu­nity in­volved,” Thomas said. “We want to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­i­lies and chil­dren to be en­gaged.”

Chick-fil-A Rock­mart par­tic­i­pates in many other com­mu­nity events through­out the year, in­clud­ing host­ing a back-to-school event and spon­sor­ing both Rock­mart and Cedar­town High School’s Chick-filA Leader Academy pro­grams. Look for more in­for­ma­tion to come on these ac­tiv­i­ties.

lorene Parker

Mem­bers of the Polk County Show Team col­lected do­na­tions dur­ing the an­nual Chick-fil-A Cow Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day event.

lorene Parker

Chick-fil-A Rock­mart Oper­ater Zach Thomas and his fam­ily pic­tured with the live calf at the 2019 Cow Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day event.

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