Cowpens is usually pretty quiet, but it’ll be buzzing with activity through the rest of this week.

The town is presenting its 41st annual Mighty Moo Festival, which will off Wednesday night with a gospel singing and continue through Saturday at Veterans Park and other locations.

The festival is a celebration of the veterans and crewmen of two U.S. Navy battleships: the World War II-era USS Cowpens CVL-25, nicknamed “The Mighty Moo,” and the modern-day USS Cowpens CG-63, which was commissioned in 1991.

Here are five things to do at the Mighty Moo Festival:

1. Honor military veterans.

The festival regularly draws World War II veterans from around the country who served on the CVL-25, and this year four sailors from the CG-63 will be joining them for the celebration.

“This is an opportunity for us to love on them and thank them for their service,” said festival chairperson Pam Camp. “It really is an honor for Cowpens to have two ships named after it.”

At 11:45 a.m. Saturday, there will be a veterans’ walk of honor and remembrance in which veterans from all branches of service are invited to participate.

“There’s not a dry eye in Veterans Park during (the walk of honor and remembrance). It’s so touching,” Camp said.

2. Enjoy parades.

The Mighty Moo Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and its highlight is a float featuring local crewman along with veterans of the USS Cowpens.

“These gentlemen ride on a float, and they’re all throwing out candy and wearing their respective hats, and it’s just a sight to see,” Camp said. “The parade is fun and everybody’s hollering and saying thanks, and it’s just a really sweet atmosphere.”

The main parade is preceded at 9:30 a.m. Saturday by a children’s parade that runs for three blocks along Main Street.

“You’ve got over a hundred children on big wheels, tricycles, wagons, you name it, and we tie balloons to everything, so it’s just a sea of red, white and blue,” Camp said. “It’s a beautiful sight, and the kids love it.”

3. Be entertained.

The Mighty Moo Festival will feature nightly street dances. The Trevor Hewitt Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday followed by Dirty Grass Soul at 8 p.m. Friday and Summerdaze at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Backline will also take the stage for a performance at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“You can bring your lawn chair and just relax under the trees while enjoying the music,” Camp said. “And we’ll also have a dance floor for people who want to shag or line dance.”

The Miss Cowpens Beauty Pageant will also be held in conjunction with the festival at 8 p.m. Thursday at the District 3 Community Auditorium.

4. Watch a ballgame.

Service members, billed as the “Moo Crew,” will battle youngsters from District 3 Youth Sports in a light-hearted baseball game at 10 a.m. Friday at Red Moore Field.

“The ballgame is really sweet,” Camp said. “A lot of the older guys can’t really run anymore but they still want to hit, so we’ll have a little leaguer pinch-run for them after they hit the ball.”

There will also be a golf tournament starting at 9 a.m. Friday at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club with proceeds going to Blessings in a Backpack, which feeds needy schoolchildren, and to help with the funding for the Travis Fox American Legion Post 125 baseball team, which plans to begin playing next season.

5. Cap a day of fun with fireworks.

Saturday is the biggest day of the Mighty Moo Festival.

There will be dozens of arts and crafts vendors on Brown Street, next to Veterans Park, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the festival will feature several contests from watermelon eating to hula hooping.

Carnival rides and food concessions will be available throughout the festival.

And, to cap things off, a huge fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

“The fireworks display is always a big event,” Camp said. “It lasts about 20 minutes, and people love it.”