Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, June 7-8-9!
Yes, the Heifers will Stroll again! Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is June 7-8-9 with the world-famous Parade, as always, starting promptly at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 8 on
Brattleboro’s historic Main Street. Don’t forget that all the heifers are at the head of the parade — so don’t be late!
Always rated one of Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events, Stroll weekend is three days of fun and education for the whole family. Here’s a complete rundown of the events, with links to pages with more details:
On this page: General information No parking zones Street closings Shuttle buses Map of downtown and parade route Accessible parking and parade viewing Directions to Brattleboro GENERAL INFORMATION: The parade takes place rain or shine! We encourage you to plan for a 9 a.m. arrival in downtown Brattleboro on Parade Day! You’ll get a good viewing spot and be able to visit downtown merchants who open early for the occasion. Please consider carpooling and using one of the remote parking areas. See below for more information on shuttle buses to remote lots. Illegally parked vehicles may endanger lives by hindering passage of fire trucks and ambulances in the event of an emergency. Do not park in posted no-parking zones! And please be respectful of local residents by not blocking their driveways. PLEASE, WE WILL ONLY ALLOW TRAINED SERVICE DOGS AT THE PARADE OR EXPO! We’re sure your pooch is wonderfully well behaved. But for the safety of the animals and spectators, please leave your dog at home. The farm animals may be spooked by dogs, since they are already in an unfamiliar setting. Thank you. PARKING RESTRICTIONS Any vehicle parked illegally on Parade Day (Saturday, June 8, 2019) may be ticketed, and may be subject to towing at owner’s expense. Please park only where it is legal! The following will be posted that day as NO PARKING zones, as will all areas normally posted as no parking. Main Street, from Flat Street north Flat Street, from Main Street to Elm Street Park Place, on the Common (north) side of the road Linden Street, west side from Park Place to Cedar Street Putney Road, both sides from Main Street to Park Place, and the east side from Park Place to Bradley Avenue North Street (off Putney Road), on the north side only Harris Avenue, both sides of the entire street Bradley Avenue (off Putney Road), one side as marked Tyler Street, east side only, north of North Street only Oak Street, east side of the entire street Chase Street, north side of the entire street Forest Street, both sides of the entire street STREET CLOSINGS during parts of Parade Day: In planning your route, please take into account the following street closings: Flat Street will close early in the morning for parade staging from Main Street to Elm Street, and remain closed until about 11:30 a.m. Main Street from beginning at the Whetstone Bridge, to Putney Road at the Common, and Park Place will be closed for the Parade from about 9:45 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. Linden Street from Park Place to Main Street during the Parade. SHUTTLE BUSES: Beat the congestion! To reduce downtown traffic congestion, use the free shuttle parking lots and ride the free shuttle buses: Click here for Google Map of Shuttle Bus Parking Lots ALL SHUTTLE BUSES RUN 8 AM – 9:45 AM AND RESUME AFTER THE PARADE (AROUND 11:30) From Exit 1, I-91: follow signs and park at Brattleboro Union High School — take TRAVEL KUZ (yellow bus) – buses will run to the beginning of Canal Street From Exit 2, I-91: follow signs, proceed West on Route 9; park at Academy School — take TRAVEL KUZ (yellow bus) – buses will run to the Fire Station on Elliot Street. From Exit 3, I-91: Follow signs to...read more
Saturday, June 8, 2019 — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Brattleboro Common and other locations nearby! . 2019: Meet the heifers up close and personal at the Slow Living Expo on the Brattleboro Common and nearby —acres of fun, food, entertainment and exhibits. The Expo features local food producers, regional craftspeople, lots of musical talent, continuous shows by the New England Center for Circus Arts, and much more. At the Expo, be sure to visit: The heifers, who will be gathered in the shade at the east end of the Commons. They’ll be tired and have to go home early, so be sure to stop there first. Delicious food from many specialty vendors Three separate entertainment tents New England Center for Circus Arts offers shows throughout the day featuring advanced and professional students from around the world. The Woodlands Exhibit Healthy Living — get answers to your health and wellness questions from health and fitness professionals! Crafts — browse wonderful creations from a wide variety of crafters! Home Energy — find access to a full range of resources that can save you money, while treating the planet better by saving energy at home! Dozens of farms, businesses, non-profit organizations ...read more
Friday evening, June 7 — 5:30-9:00 p.m. River Garden 157 Main Street & On the Common Bring your appetite! Stroll Weekend kicks off with a party! Food and craft vendors, entertainment of all kinds, face painting, music and dancing, and fun for all ages. Brattleboro Common and Downtown Brattleboro. Stores and restaurants are open as well, and, the festival coincides with Gallery Walk, downtown Brattleboro’s festive monthly first-Friday stroll from gallery to gallery, so gallery venues will be hosting openings of new art exhibits. And inside our headquarters, the River Garden, our local celebrity food judges will be tasting and choosing the winners of our Culinary Competition. Also at the River Garden, you’ll find specialty food vendors with samples and products for sale, exhibits by the Competition’s sponsors, and our exhibit of Farm Art. And, for adults only -bring your ID, at the rear of the River Garden, our free tasting of specialty spirits, ciders, mead and beers crafted in Vermont! You may also purchase drinks and closed bottles from the vendors. Come sample the delicious offerings from these Vermont Distillers, Cideries, Vintners and Breweries: Saxtons Distillery St. Johnsbury Distillery Putney Mountain Winery, L. Hell’s Gate Distillery Wild Hart Distillery Inc Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery Stowe Cider Caledonia Spirits The party continues on the Brattleboro Common, with vendors, food and live music for the whole family. Check out our weekend entertainment schedule here. Music & Entertainment on the Brattleboro Common 5:00-9:00 p.m. 5:15 – BUHS Jazz Band 6:00 – Celebration Brass Band 7:30 – Molly Steinmark & Friends Ride the MOOver FREE between the Common and Main Street all evening! Look for the MOOver Bus Stop Signs!...read more
The third annual Slow Living Summit, a conference that’s all about sustainable living, resilient communities, and the inner transformations necessary for Living Slow, happens June 5-7, 2013 (just before Stroll Weekend) in the congenial environs of downtown Brattleboro. Who should come: The Summit aims to foster cross-disciplinary (or as we call it, cross-silo) conversations among thought leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, artists, faith leaders, wellness practitioners and engaged citizens. Check out Who’s Coming! You belong on that list! Join Frances Moore Lappé, Judy Wicks, Jonathan Lash, Robert Repetto, Michael Singer, Rosanne Haggerty, Gus Speth, Chuck Collins and many others in an exploration of: What can you learn in the Slow Lane that you can’t learn in the Fast Lane? How can we learn to Live Slow? What inner transformations are necessary for Slow Living? What is Slow Design? What is Resilient Design? And how can the design of public spaces, buildings and infrastructure encourage interactions and strengthen democracy? How do we build resilient local food systems and food enterprises? How do local efforts at sustainable living and resilient communities help solve bioregional and global problems? How can a Slow Economy enable fulfilling, balanced lifestyles? What new models can help sustain co-ops and other forms of alternative ownership? And what about: sustainable aging, conserving and recharging our soil, building wealth in rural communities, and a host of other topics. For more information, please visit the Slow Living Summit...read more
CHECK BACK IN MAY FOR 2014 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULES! CLICK ON NAMES BELOW OR VISIT THE ENTERTAINERS PAGE FOR PICTURES AND BIOS OF PERFORMERS Friday Evening Strolling of the Heifers Gallery Walk and Street Festival Friday, June 7, 2013, 5:30-8:30 p.m. — Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont Entertainment Stage (beside The Works Bakery Café, west side of Main Street) 5:30: Lost Cost — original edgy jams and quirky covers 6:30: The Snaz — indie rock band, recent Battle of the Bands champion 7:00: Gov. Peter Shumlin announces Quiche Cookoff Winners 7:30: Jamie Kent Band North End of Main Street, near corner of High and Main: 5:30: Morris Dancing by Guiding Star and Windham Morris. 6:30: Bhangra Dancing — participatory dance: come dance the Bhangra on Main Street, CircusYoga Style! 5:30: More Morris Dancing by Guiding Star and Windham Morris! South End of Main Street, near corner of Eliott and Main: 5:30-8:30: Andrew Pinard Magician 5:30-8:30: Alotta Hoopla with Shenandoah Sluter 5:30-8:30: Wally Hagadorn — Balloon Artiste At the River Garden: 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor Also: Tony Duncan — Street Performer, Juggler Robin Zegge — face painting Pavement chalk drawing organized by the Boys and Girls Club Living statues by New England Youth Theatre Saturday Strolling of the Heifers Parade Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10 a.m. — Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont Pre-parade entertainment: Andrew Pinard, Magician: Strolling Miracles Robin Zegge Southern Vermont Dance Festival Dairy Godmother and Dairy Fairies New Orleans Brass Band Project Santa Croce Slow Living Expo — 11 acres of fun, food, entertainment, exhibits, open all day! Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Commons and Retreat Grounds, Brattleboro, Vermont North Entertainment Tent — near the Retreat entrance: 11:15 a.m.: Suffolk Punch, teen original rock trio 12 noon: Hilltop Montessori 6th grade band — R&B, pop, originals 12:45 p.m.: Truffula Jungle — classic & alternative rock 1:45 p.m.: The Snaz — indie rock band, recent Battle of the Bands champion 2:45 p.m.: Lost Cost —original edgy jams and quirky covers South Entertainment Tent — Retreat grounds near the Commons slope 11:30 a.m.: Spike Dogtooth — bluegrass 12:30 p.m.: Rise! — eclectic style traditional folk and bluegrass 1:30 p.m.: Atom Planet — eclectic acoustic world soul pop 2:30 p.m.: The Brattlyn Brothers — 60s and 70s rock and roll “the way it should be played” West Entertainment Tent with Dance and Jazz — near Lawton Hall (with the columns and porches) at the Retreat 11:15 a.m.: Open Music Collective — student jazz group 12:15 p.m.: Xopo — music and dance from the Balkans, with audience participation! 1:30 p.m.: Jamie MacDonald Group — eclectic jazz 2:30 p.m.: Wild Country Cloggers — traditional and contemporary American step dancing Commons Entertainment Tent — at the center of the Brattleboro Commons 10:30 a.m.: Southern Vermont Ukelele Society 12 Noon.: Brendon Carey Block – original electronic fiddle music 1:00 p.m.: Electric Fence — Southern Vermont-based acoustic/electric quartet 2:00 p.m.: Brattleboro Music Center Celtic Group — traditional Scottish, Irish and French-Canadian fiddle tunes Sunday Tour de Heifer 15-30-60 mile cycling rides Sunday, June 9, 2013, starting times 8, 9, 10 a.m. — beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro, Vermont Lunchtime entertainment at Lilac Ridge Farm: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Alan Greenleaf and the...read more
See schedule on our Weekend Entertainment listings page. Here are some details about our 2013 performers: Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor Singer-songwriter Alan Greenleaf is one of Vermont’s most prolific and beloved songwriters. Robert Resnik considers Alan “the best songwriter in Vermont” He is a self taught finger picking guitar player whose songs and lyrics reflect the people and country around him. The stories he tells are greatly inspired by his years as a farmer in Northern Vermont . His music draws from many American traditions, including country, Appalachian, Blues and Jazz. And of course, he wrote the official song for the Strolling of the Heifers. Alan has been playing with “Doc” for a dozen years. Jonathan Kaplan is a classically trained pianist who fell for the blues and old time traditional American music, and his keyboard work provides an inspired backdrop for Alan’s stories. Together, they bring a wide variety of original ballads, rhythm and blues and moving melodies that is “Americana” music at its best. Alotta Hoopla Our mision is to inspire healthy happy presence through rhythmic revolving movements with these toys, tools and instruments for the bodies, minds and spirit of our world. Alotta Hoopla is created by spreading joy, health and consciousness through the playful, present movements of hooping. In spinning around the world, AH offers an experience of the spiraling rhythm revolving and evolving around and within us. When we are exposed to a pure expression of beauty we can experience the beauty within ourselves to explore, nurture and share. To master an art or simply witness it, is to recognize the creative force within all of us. Alotta Hoopla offers each hoop as a gift of divine possibilities. Atom Planet Atom Planet combines the sultry sonics of jazz with the fresh forward feel of pop music in their own unique sound. A mix of eclectic cover songs and zesty originals, their sound has been described as “eclectic acoustic world soul pop”, with “a little bit of kazoo”…. In the group: Libby – lead vocals, percussion, guitar, flute, melodian, kazoo; Bob Everingham – guitar, upright bass, accordion, mandolin, ukelele, banjo, vocals; Jay – upright bass, accordion, ukelele, keys, vocals Bhangra Let’s get the party started. Come dance the Bhangra on Main Street, CircusYoga Style! Love to dance? Got two left feet? Either way, this is the dance for you! You may have stumbled onto this Bollywood-style dancing event at previous Heifer Strolls. As with any CircusYoga experience, its easy to learn, has a good dose of hilarity and you and your friends will be “intoxicated with joy” (the very definition of Bhangra). CircusYoga is a Brattleboro based organization that offers joyful, creativity and relationship building opportunities through kids’ summer camps, in-school residencies, teacher trainings and more. Find out more at www.circusyoga.com. Brendan Carey- Block Brendan Carey-Block is a multi-faceted fiddler grounded in the musical traditions of New England and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. He has been performing since the age of ten and has made many trips to Cape Breton to learn from master fiddlers and be immersed in the Scottish-based heritage of the island. Brendan has achieved wide recognition for his virtuosic fiddling and was named the U.S. National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion for 2000 and 2001. In addition to his traditional repertoire of jigs, reels, and...read more
Sunday, June 9 — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 2019 . Start Sunday of Stroll Weekend enjoying the beautiful waterfront views at The Marina Restaurant while partaking of our Famous Farmers Breakfast, which features local and organic products from many of the Stroll’s sponsors. Proceeds of the breakfast (or you could call it brunch!) support the Stroll’s mission of connecting people with healthy local food. The Marina is located at 28 Spring Tree Road, Brattleboro, which is off Putney Road just north of the bridge over the West River, about a mile north of downtown. Breakfast is served on Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here’s the 2018 menu: Photo by Japanexpert.se, used under Creative Commons...read more
Starting during our Street Festival (Friday, June 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.) and for the month of June, Strolling of the Heifers Farm Art exhibits will be on view at two Brattleboro locations: 1. Farm Art at the Works Bakery Café, 118 Main Street 2. Farm Art at the Gallery at the Garden, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street Farm Art at the Works Bakery Café Brattleboro-West Arts is collaborating with Strolling of the Heifers on this show, which will be on view at The Works on Main Street for the month of June. The Stroll’s Farm Tour this year includes five very special farms, and Brattleboro-West Arts is visiting those farms to get inspiration for the artwork in the show. The farms are Deer Ridge Farm, the Bunker Farm, Cortland Hill Orchard, the Robb Family Farm and the Franklin Farm. The show will continue in July and August at the River Garden. This show will open with a public preview during the Gallery Walk & Street Festival, Friday evening, June 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participating artists are: Kris McDermet (fabric art: rug hooking and braiding) Gene Parulis, photography Walter Slowinski, ceramics and wood construction Janet Picard, painting Naomi Lindenfeld, ceramics Steve Lloyd, painting Jason Breen, woodwork Ron Karpius, painting/sculpture Sharon Myers, sculpture/printmaking. Here’s a sampling of what’s offered at this show! Farm Art at the Gallery at the Garden, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street 16” x 16” paintings by 25 area artists Strolling of the Heifers celebrates the opening of its new gallery at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden with the inaugural exhibit, “16 by 16 by 25”. The exhibit will be on view during the Gallery Walk & Street Festival, Friday evening, June 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Saturday morning, June 7, and during normal hours, weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Curated by artist Caryn King, the show presents the work of 25 artists, each of whom produced a 16-inch by 16-inch square painting on canvas. The paintings reflect a variety of subjects including still life, figurative, landscape, animals, and abstract. All paintings are for sale, with proceeds benefiting both the artists and Strolling of the Heifers. King reflected on the particular challenges of working with the 16-inch square canvases: “It’s actually harder than it might seem to be. Both artists and viewers have been trained to see things in horizontal or vertical rectangles. You see that in paintings and photographs as well as in the designs of buildings, books, furniture. Creating something that fits in a square doesn’t come naturally.” The artists included in the show are Marilyn Allen, Nancy Calicchio, Trudy Crites, Alicia Drakiotes, Janet Eldridge-Taylor, Esther Fielding, Georgie, Bobbie Groves, David Howell, Mary Iselin, Caryn King, Heidi M Lorenz, Paul Madalinski, Jim McGrath, Nancie Mclean, Steven Meyer, Meris Morrison, Scott Nelson, Janet Picard, Anne Sawyer, Lori Schreiner, Kristina Wentzell and Jen Wiechers. The paintings will remain on view until early July. The River Garden is normally open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5...read more
New for 2014: We’ll have information posted here very soon about a tour of five unique farms, taking place on Sunday, June 8. Meanwhile, most of the following information about farms you can visit throughout the season is still valid (and will be updated by mid-May, as well). Farmers, food and fiber producers/crafters in Windham County: If you wish to be included in this directory, please submit information in the format of the listings below to: firstname.lastname@example.org. 1. BOYD FAMILY FARM 125 East Dover Road, Wilmington, VT 05363 (802) 464-5618 — email@example.com — www.boydfamilyfarm.com We are a 5th Generation Hillside Farm located in the Deerfield Valley with wonderful view filled mowings perfect for family photos! If you are a gardener visit out New England Nursery & Greenhouses we offer a wide selection of unique plant material! On June 4th and 5th , 2013 we will have staff on hand all day to introduce you to “Veggie Tales and Unusual Starts” many new annual flower, vegetable and herb varieties that are perfect for home gardening! Regardless of whether you are limited by space or experience we are confident that we have a garden idea for you! Treat your family to a salad they helped to cultivate or a Bar-B-Q herb container to spice up those summer meals! We hope you will visit…take home a “Green Souvenir”…to remember your time in Vermont! Directions: Take Route 9 west to Wilmington VT. At the junction of Routes 9 and 100 take a right. Travel 4 miles north on Route 100. Turn right onto East Dover Road; go 6/10’s of a mile and the farm is on the right! 2. DEER RIDGE FARM AND FARM CAMP 4057 Hinesburg Road, Guilford, VT 05301 Jerry Smith — (802) 254-3540 — firstname.lastname@example.org Jerry Smith has grown berries, sugared and raised hens organically since he was a boy. There is sugarhouse, farmstand, and new wood-heated greenhouse for plant sales. He specializes in perfectly picked strawberries, specialty cut flowers for the stand and arranging for weddings and events, year-round spinach and “other hard-to-pick” crops. Jerry is well known for his Farmers’ Market display every Saturday from May 4-October 26 and their use of renewable energy on the farm. Directions: From Brattleboro, head west on Route 9/Western Avenue. In the center of West Brattleboro turn left onto Greenleaf Street at the 7-Eleven. Follow signs for 4.8 miles to our driveway on the left. 3. ELYSIAN HILLS TREE FARM 209 Knapp Road, Dummerston, VT 05301 Bill and Mary Lou Schmidt — (802) 257-0233 — email@example.com — www.elysianhillsfarm.com We are the largest Christmas tree farm in Windham County. We are working with a young couple to learn the Christmas tree business. They are also renovating our one acre of organic rhubarb for sale to wineries. Josh & Lexie are again offering young, organic turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can order & tag yours when you tag your Christmas tree in October. Summer Hours: By Appointment. Fall Foliage Christmas tree tagging, with wagon rides, labyrinth. shearing demonstrations, refreshments — two weekends only: Oct. 12-13 and 19-20; noon to 4 p.m. Holiday season retail sales: Nov. 30-Dec. 24 — Mon. – Fri.12 noon to 4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Directions: From Brattleboro, take Putney Road (Route 5) north to round-about at Exit 3. Go half-way around and...read more
Where to stay during Stroll Weekend Please patronize these hotels and motels who are sponsors and friends of the Stroll: Colonial Motel and Spa, 889 Putney Road, Brattleboro VT 05301 — (802) 257-7733 Hampton Inn, 1378 Putney Rd. , Brattleboro, VT 05301 — (802) 254-5700 Latchis Hotel, 50 Main St. , Brattleboro, VT 05301 — (802) 254-6300 Dalem’s Chalet, 78 South St. , Brattleboro, VT 05301 — (802) 254-4323 Covered Bridge Inn, 1043 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301 — (802) 254-8889 For additional hotels, motels and inns, please visit the lodging section of our local Chamber of Commerce site. There are also several nearby campgrounds. Restaurants and cafés in and around Brattleboro We encourage you to dine locally! Here are some eateries who are sponsors and friends of the Stroll: Amy’s Bakery Arts Café — 113 Main St., Brattleboro — (802) 251-1071 Anon’s Thai Cuisine — 17 Fairground Rd., Brattleboro — (802) 257-1376 Blueberry Haus — 809 Guilford Center Rd., Guilford, VT — (802) 257-0068 Brattleboro Food Co-op — 2 Main St., Brattleboro — (802) 257-0236 Brattleburger — 97 Main St., Brattleboro — (802) 251-8226 Bruegger’s Bagels— 449 Canal St., Brattleboro — (802) 254-2763 Dunkin Donuts — 328 Marlboro Rd., Brattleboro — (802) 251-6080; 469 Canal St., Brattleboro, (802) 254-8809; 1071 Putney Rd., Brattleboro — (802) 254-4987 Duo Restaurant (dinners, Sat-Sun brunch) — 136 Main St., Brattleboro — (802) 254-4141 Echo Restaurant (dinner) — 73 Main St., Brattleboro — (802) 254-2073 Hazel — 75 Elliot St., Brattleboro — 802-579-1092 The Marina — 28 Spring Tree Rd. (off Route 5/Putney Rd), Brattleboro — (802) 257-7563 Mocha Joe’s — 82 Main St, Brattleboro — (802) 257-7794 New England House — 254 Marlboro Rd, Brattleboro — (802) 254-6886 Putney Road Market — 15 Putney Rd., Brattleboro — (802) 254-8501 Thai Bamboo — 7 High St., Brattleboro — (802) 251-1010 Three Stones — 105 Canal St., Brattleboro — (802) 246-1035 TJ Buckley’s — 132 Elliot St., Brattleboro — (802) 257-4922 Top of the Hill Grill — 632 Putney Rd., Brattleboro — (802) 258-9178 Vermont Country Deli — 436 Western Ave., Brattleboro — (802) 257-9254 Whetstone Station, 36 Bridge St, Brattleboro — (802) 490-2354 The Works Bakery Café — 118 Main St., Brattleboro — (802) 579-1851 For additional dining options, please visit the dining section of our local chamber of commerce site. ...read more
BRATTLEBORO, VT (May 3, 2013) — Strolling of the Heifers is honored to named one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals in the United States by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities. Here’s a link to Livability’s listing for the Stroll. In the announcement, Livability editor Matt Carmichael said, “The best summer festivals not only encourage tourism, but also engage and inspire residents. That community spirit drives the festival’s success and is often reflected in the festival’s character.” Strolling of the Heifers has celebrated farmers and advocated for local foods since 2002 with its annual agriculturally-themed weekend festival, taking place in Brattleboro June 7-9 this year. The festival’s centerpiece is the Strolling of the Heifers Parade on Saturday, June 8 followed by the all-day Slow Living Expo featuring local food, fun, entertainment and educational exhibits. Just before “Stroll Weekend”, the organization is organizing its third annual Slow Living Summit, a conference focused on sustainable living and resilient communities. The conference takes place in downtown Brattleboro, June 5-7. For the 2013 list, Livability editors looked for those summer festivals most connected to their host cities’ identities in terms of theme, the experiences to be had and community participation. Editors also factored in the region’s other tourist attractions and amenities that may enhance the itineraries of festival-goers. Livability selected Strolling of the Heifers because “the Stroll” helps reinforce Brattleboro’s branding efforts, increases tourism, fosters community pride and helps raise money for worthy causes. Proceeds from all Stroll events currently benefit the Vermont-wide Strolling of the Heifers Farm-Food Business Plan Competition, which offers $60,000 in prizes to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in Vermont’s agricultural and food production sectors. The finals of the competition, held in partnership with Vermont Technical College, will take place at Brattleboro’s Marlboro College Graduate Center on Wednesday, June 5. In the past, Strolling of the Heifers has also provided microloans for farmers, offered educational grants to teachers, and launched a youth internship program at local farms. All of these programs have been carried on by other organizations. Recently, Livability also named Brattleboro as one of the Top 10 Small Towns in the United States, in third place. Here is the full list of Summer Festivals chosen by Livability: 1. Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY 2. Portland Rose Festival – Portland, OR 3. Virginia Highlands Festival – Abingdon, VA 4. AthFest Music & Arts Festival – Athens, GA 5. Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – State College, PA 6. CMA Music Festival – Nashville, TN 7. Mudbug Madness Festival – Shreveport, LA 8. Strolling of the Heifers – Brattleboro, VT 9. Papillion Days – Papillion, NE 10. Sweet Pea Festival – Bozeman,...read more