Longmont Chick-fil-A Owner Planning Father-son Sword Fighting Event

July 10, 2018

If you go

What: Night of Valor

When: 5:30 Saturday, July 21

Where: Chick-fil-A parking lot, 215 Ken Pratt Blvd.

Cost: $15

More info: squareup.com/store/cfalongmont

The Longmont Chick-fil-A restaurant will host an event later this month designed to help fathers and sons bond over learning to sword fight.

Brent Gooch, owner and operator of the Chick-fil-A at 215 Ken Pratt Blvd., said that the Night of Valor on July 21 event follows similar efforts he has spearheaded to bring parents closer to their children.

“It’s the first time for (Night of Valor), but we did a daddy-daughter date night around Valentine’s Day and a mother-daughter tea around Mother’s Day,” Gooch said. “Our plan is for all those unique relationships — father-son, father-daughter, mother-son, mother-daughter — to have an event to help families foster that relationship.”

The Night of Valor will feature sword fighting training from Boulder-based company Renaissance Adventures, a photo booth and horses for kids to see and pet in the restaurant’s parking lot. Chick-Fil-A employees may arrive in costume, Gooch said. The cost for Night of Valor is $15 per person and includes dinner.

Gooch said that, as a father of four, he hopes he can make it easier for fathers to spend some quality time with their kids.

“I sometimes don’t do the best at connecting with my daughter and setting aside time to spend with her and I think I’m a pretty decent dad,” he said. “So this is a way to facilitate that for moms and dads.”

Although the event is branded as a father-son event, Gooch said they don’t want to exclude anyone so fathers and daughters would be welcome as would mothers and sons or grandparents and grandkids.

Gooch said that he owned a restaurant in Texas before he moved to Longmont and took over the Chick-fil-A in April 2017.

“So I’ve been here a little over a year and the first year we just focused on operations,” he said. “Now that our operations are smooth, we have the ability to have the events and do them with excellence.”

The Night of Valor will come a week-and-a-half after one of Chick-fil-A’s busiest days, Cow Appreciation Day, which is Tuesday .

Customers can dress like a cow (or wear anything that approximates a cow’s pattern) and receive a free entree. Gooch said the employees and the customers seem to enjoy the events, whether it’s Cow Appreciation Day or Night of Valor.

“We’re super pumped. We really enjoy doing the events and our guests really enjoy it, too,” he said.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci