The Mighty Moo Festival is now in its 33rd year and is more than just a small town festival in Cowpens, South Carolina. Going on now through the weekend the event honors sailors and WWII vets. Five sailors serving on the ship will be in Cowpens this weekend and those who served on the ship in previous years will also reunite during the Mighty Moo Festival.
Pam Camp is chairman of this year’s event and explains that two naval ships, including one currently stationed in Japan, have carried the name of the small Spartanburg County town.
We’re very honored that we have two ships that are named after our town. One was in WWII the USS Cowpens which was an aircraft carrier. Then we have the ship that is in the Navy Fleet today that is stationed in Japan which is a missle carrier.
Pam Camp says the population of Cowpens is usually 2,200 but will swell to about 10,000 during the event.
The festival has becomes especially important to the veterans from around the country, including some World War II vets who attend.
We have a reunion every year and have for 33 years with the sailors from WWII coming back to Cowpens with their families and celebrating Father’s Day weekend in Cowpens for all kinds of festivities.
Camp says as the event continues to grow, they make the necessary changes.
We’re moving more and more things (festivities) around trying to get more events scheduled for the festival because it seems like people want to come to town more and more often through the week instead of waiting for the weekend. So we’re trying to accomodate by having more events for them to attend and have a Gospel Singing that will wrap up our whole weekend starting at 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
Camp says that media sailors from the Pentagon are at Cowpens for the Defense Department filming the event for a documentary to show just how important the town of Cowpens is to the two ships.