I always cover this event, because it is so classic Vermont. Who else would adorn their beloved heifers with flower garlands and parade them through the streets? This Saturday, June 6th, is the annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade starting at 10 a.m. down Main Street, in Brattleboro, Vt. Featuring the world-famous heifer calves [A heifer is a young cow who has not yet had a calf of her own.] led by future farmers and followed by tractors, clowns, floats, bands and much more. Visitors can follow the parade to the budding Green Expo and Dairy Fest for a full day of fun, food, music, square dancing, and education. Look out for the book sale, arts and crafts sale and show, Farmer's Market and great Mooing contest for kids.
If one day is not enough, consider booking some lodging and head over for the weekend to take full advantage of events surrounding the Heifer Stroll. Friday night features the famous Great Vermont Grilled Cheese cook-off, a gallery walk appreciating local art, and a celebration of youth involved in agriculture. And Sunday wraps up the weekend with a Farmer's Feast dinner emphasizing local grown foods, and a farm tour. For more information, visit online for details, including browsing through the one and only Heifer Store.
Photo credit VT Chamber of Commerce