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Chick-fil-A Offers Free Food on 'Cow Appreciation Day'

Dress like a cow on July 13 and you’ll get a free meal.

On Friday, July 13, wants you to “steer” clear of bad luck by dressing like a cow and earning free food.

That’s when the restaurant chain will celebrate its eighth annual , a time when customers show up at the restaurant wearing black and white spots from “head to hoof” on will be rewarded with a free combo meal at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Those who are “too chicken” to go all out in full costume can still score one free entrée if they show up to the restaurant wearing partial cow attire—a cow-printed piece of clothing, hat, purse or other accessory.

“In 2011, nearly 600,000 people (nationwide) participated in this festive event, and we’re sure to have an even bigger turnout this year,” said Hannah Wagner, a Chick-fil-A spokesperson.

There are 38 Chick-fil-A restaurants that will participate in the Tampa area, including the .

According to Chick-fil-A, making your own cow costume is fun:

1. Start with items that you already have at home—cow-printed accessories stashed in your closet will work perfectly. Hats, vests, scarves, neckties, pants, shoes, pajamas—just abut any cow-spotted item will work. Just make sure you're covered head to toe.

2. Wear white, and then just add spots. Throw on a white T-shirt with white pants (even sweatpants) and stick on your spots using black contact paper. If contact paper is not easily accessible, you can cut spots out of construction paper and tape them to your shirt and pants. If nothing else, you can grab an old white T-shirt and color black spots all over it with a magic marker—and you'll still get a free entrée.

3. Go to your local paint or hardware store and get a white painter's hat and overalls. And then decorate yourself with spots made out of contact or construction paper.

4. Not feeling too creative and want an easy costume? Search the Internet for "cow costumes" and you will be flooded with full-body costumes available for purchase. (And hey, you'll be set for Halloween, too).

You can also download a costume kit and get information on the Best Cow Costume photo contest.

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