Leisurely Heifers Make for the Best Parades
Spain may have the running of the bulls, but Vermont’s got the strolling of the heifers. What’s the rush, right? The annual Brattleboro Strolling of the Heifers is a weekend-long celebration of agriculture, art, and community. Events start Friday evening with a blockparty/gallery walk and street festival. The big event of the evening is The Great New England Fruit Pie Baking Competition (Not to be missed!). On Saturday, the heifers will stroll in a parade that starts at 10 a.m. sharp on Main Street. Organizers ask that pet dogs be left at home — they spook the baby cows. This day also features a slow living expo, goat Olympics and human foosball. On Sunday, is the famous Farmers Breakfast, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Marina Restaurant, which gets bellies ready for the Tour de Heifer — a challenging dirt road cycling ride that ends at the Lilac Ridge Farm. As if these weren’t enough reasons to go to the festival, there is also lots and lots of fresh, local cheeses.