Filed by Sarah Tompkins
You can see just about anything at Riverbend. On Wednesday two cows bounced to music beats from the stages and posed for pictures with little kids and quite a few adults.
These cows were not just there for fun, but bore a message on large white T-shirts: Eat Mor Chikin.
Abiding by mascot rules, the Chick-fil-A cows would not talk to me. However after much miming and stomping for communication, the man behind the fur suit sat down and answered some questions.
Q: How do you deal with the heat?
A: You go with the flow or you die. We limit our appearances to 30 minutes.
Q: What has been the most trying experience as a cow at Riverbend?
A: We can’t talk back. People ask us questions and we can’t answer. Smiling for pictures and knowing you are not really being seen. Being poked and prodded.
Q: How do you respond?
A: I just wave at them.
Q: How do you prepare for events like these?
A: We do a lot of ‘moo-ups’ and a lot of grazing.
Dean Kirstein, owner of Chick-fil-A and one of the men in cow suits, said they were allowed to advertise in exchange for catering services in the Skybox.
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Staff Photo by Sarah Tompkins
The Chick-fil-A mascot worked in the afternoon heat to deliver a message on behalf of cows everywhere.