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Events planned for Stroll Weekend (June 4-7) have been cancelled or postponed. Please read Executive Director Lissa Harris's full statement here.

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Strolling of the Heifers Parade

Strolling of the Heifers Parade

Saturday, June 6, 2020— starting 10 a.m. sharp on Main Street


Celebrating family farmers, local food and rural life!



The world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade on Saturday, June 6 is the centerpiece of Stroll Weekend. The 2020 theme for the parade is “BARNYARD BOOGIE”! Although inspired by Spain’s Running of the Bulls, the Stroll is just the opposite: a parade of friendly, ambling heifer calves, groomed to the nines, colorfully bedecked with hats and flowers, and led by future farmers from area schools and 4H club members.

The Parade travels up Main Street and Putney Road to the Brattleboro Common, and starts at 10 a.m. sharp — but be sure to get there early, bring folding chairs, enjoy the pre-parade entertainment and check out local shops and eateries that open early.

Photos by Jason Henske


The Parade theme song, as always, is “The Heifers are Coming to Town!” by Alan Greenleaf.

The heifer contingent — up to 100 in number — leads the parade. The heifers are followed by a variety of other farm animals — horses, mules, oxen, and sometimes goats, pigs, chickens, llamas and alpacas, followed by tractors, clowns, floats and bands.

Stroll with us! Parade unit registration here.

Come early and enjoy historic downtown Brattleboro! Merchants and eateries open their doors early on Parade day. Vendors and exhibitors on the Common and surrounding areas are ready for you by 9 a.m.

Enjoy pre-parade entertainment along the parade route starting about 9 a.m. The heifers are first in the order of march — so don’t be late, or you might miss them!

When it’s over, the entire crowd follows the Parade up Main Street to the  Slow Living Expo for a full day of food, fun, entertainment, exhibits and activities. Join us there, too!