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Cabin Fever Expo, which was scheduled for March 21st is postponed to a date to be determined. The Women's Expo, which was scheduled for May 1 is postponed to a date to be determined. We are also postponing all scheduled Brown Bag Lunch events until further notice. We will post a notification with the new date details as soon as possible.
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Parade Heifer Registration

For non-heifer parade units, please visit our other Parade Application page.

Countdown clock to Stroll Weekend:



Girl with heifer

We welcome farms and farm organizations such as 4H Clubs to bring heifers to stroll in the Parade! We have had as many as 120 heifers in past years, and we’re aiming to break the record in 2020.

The parade takes place on Saturday, June 6, 2020, 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.

Only pre-registered Heifer Teams will be allowed to participate in the Parade.

Please register early!

To participate, please review all the guidelines below, and submit your heifer information using the online input form below. Please contact our parade coordinators with any questions about your participation: Lauri and Kevin Miner 


2020 Heifer registration guidelines:

We encourage individual farms as well as farming organizations such as 4H Clubs to participate.

Please groom and accessorize your heifers! The crowd loves to see flowers, hats, signs with the heifers’ names, etc. Use your imagination! What would a well-dressed heifer be wearing, when going to town?

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, hope you have some fun with this year’s theme: “Barnyard Boogie”! 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, heifers must be born before February 1, 2020. 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.

2020 Heifer Registration

  • Please provide a phone number where you can be reached on Parade day.
  • Please enter the names of your heifers, their dates of birth, and the names of the people who will be handling them. Note that all participating heifers must be born before Feb. 1, 2020. CLICK THE + SYMBOL TO ADD ADDITIONAL ROWS.
    Heifer nameHeifer's date of birthHeifer handler/leader 
  • Please provide a description of your farm or organization, including its history, for use by the parade MCs and television announcers. (Maximum: 600 characters)
  • I have read and agree with the terms and conditions and parade rules above.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.