Have you ever heard of herding cows through a downtown area? Well, that’s what they do in Brattleboro, a southern Vermont town, close to the border with Massachussetts. Young Vermont cows (heifers) parade through the main street in the city. They call it The Annual Strolling of the Heifers. This popular and somewhat quirky event draws a big crowd, around 40,000 last year. In addition to the heifers, there are floats and bands and a slew of agricultural exhibits. Some of the bands are really good. The annual event is usually held in the first weekend in June. Count on seeing Bernie Sanders in the parade! For a slide show of the event please check the 2008 review section of www.ScenesofVermont.Com
Schedule of Events:
The Strolling of the Heifers Parade
When is the Parade? And where?
It starts at 10 a.m. sharp on Saturday, June 6, beginning on Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro, and proceeding up Main Street to the Brattleboro Common.
Are the heifers at the start of the Parade?
Yes indeed – so be sure to come on time or you’ll miss them!
What is the rest of the Strolling of the Heifers parade like?
Watch this video to get the idea! Behind the heifers, there are farmers, future farmers, cows, bulls, horses, goats, poultry, floats, tractors, bands, clowns, and much more!
By the way … please, no smoking at the Parade, or at any other Strolling of the Heifers event. And please don’t bring dogs to the parade, they may frighten the heifers or other animals. Thanks!
Where do we park?
There’s plenty of parking in and near downtown Brattleboro, plus there are lots near Exits 1 and 2 off I-91 with shuttle bus transportation to the parade and back again later. But do park only where it’s legal — illegally parked cars may be subject to towing. Click here for the full rundown on parking.
What happens after the parade?
When it’s over, the crowd follows the parade to the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat and enjoys food, music, dancing and fun at the Dairy Festival, and learns about green living products and services at the Green Expo on the Brattleboro Common.