Parade Heifer Registration
The parade takes place on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10 a.m. sharp in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. The heifers lead the parade, so all participating heifers must arrive early in the parade staging area on Flat Street. Specific assembly instructions will be issued in advance.
We recommend that participating heifers be trained in advance to walk with a handler. Training on pavement is helpful, if possible. And of course, we ask that all heifers be well-groomed and decorated (see Parade Theme information below). Strolling of the Heifers provides a pooper-scooping team to follow the heifers, and a veterinarian/heifer ambulance unit will be on hand in case of emergencies.
To participate, please review all the guidelines below, and (preferably) submit your heifer information using the online input form below. Or you may register by mail or email by contacting our parade heifer coordinator, Pete Stickney, at email@example.com; his phone number is 802-387-4730. Pete will be happy to answer any questions as well.
(If you wish to participate in the parade with a non-heifer parade unit, please visit the Parade Unit Application Page, which will be posted in December 2013.)
2014 Heifer registration guidelines:
We prefer that you use this page to register your participation, but if you wish, you may contact Peter Stickney, Heifer Coordinator, at the Putney School to register by mail or email. Please also contact Pete if you have any questions, or if you are new to the parade so that he can explain the particulars. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org; his phone number is 802-387-4730.
We encourage individual farms as well as farming organizations such as 4H Clubs to participate.
Our 2014 parade theme this year is: THE HEIFERS ARE COMING TO TOWN! We have a theme song by that name, written by Alan Greenleaf (listen here) — and, the theme reflects the fact that Strolling of the Heifers is literally coming to town, having acquired the River Garden building in downtown Brattleboro, where we plan to establish a Farm/Food Education Center.
Please groom and accessorize your heifers to reflect that theme! Use your imagination! What would a well-dressed heifer be wearing, when going to town?
To participate, heifers must be born before February 1, 2014. All heifers must be accompanied by a health chart which is obtained from their veterinarian. The health chart must be issued within 30 days of the event and must certify the heifer to be free of communicable diseases such as ringworm.
Please register as early as possible, and no later than Friday, May 23, 2014.
In the form below, please be sure to list the name of each person who will be leading a heifer, and the name and date of birth of each heifer, and provide some background information about your farm or organization for use by parade MCs and Stroll publicity.
PLEASE CLICK THE SUBMIT BUTTON ONLY ONCE! If “Submit” returns you to this same page, please review the form to be sure all required fields were completed. Your registration is NOT complete until you receive a confirmation email.