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Strolling of the Heifers welcomes Merchants Bank as 2013 Presenting Sponsor

Strolling of the Heifers welcomes Merchants Bank as 2013 Presenting Sponsor

Merchants BankStrolling of the Heifers has announced that Merchants Bank will be the Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming parade, Farm/Food Business Plan competition, Slow Living Summit and Tour de Heifer bicycle race.

“Merchants Bank became a partner with Strolling of the Heifers because we share local values,” said Sandy Bartlett, Vice President and Regional Banking Manager. “Vermont ranks first in the country when it comes to people caring about where their food comes from, and we believe people also care about where their banking comes from.”

Stroll Weekend takes place in Brattleboro June 7-9.  The world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade is the centerpiece on Saturday, June 8, followed by the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo. An awards ceremony announcing the winner of the Farm/Food Business Plan competition will be held on June 5, followed by the Slow Living Summit, a three-day conference on sustainable living and resilient communities, being held June 5-7.

“Having local businesses like Merchants Bank involved with people who are passionate about local food helps strengthen our local economy,” said Orly Munzing, the Stroll’s founder and executive director. “We know that Merchants Bank shares the community values of Strolling of the Heifers, and their statewide presence will be a great fit as we continue to foster innovation with businesses throughout Vermont.”

Established in 1849, Merchants Bank is the largest Vermont-based bank, independent and locally operated. Consumer, business, municipal and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, more than 30 community bank locations statewide, plus a nationwide network of over 55,000 surcharge-free Allpoint ATMs. Merchants Bank (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”), and Merchants Trust Company employ approximately 300 full-time employees and 40 part-time employees statewide.

Strolling of the Heifers, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, was founded in 2001 with the goal of helping to save and sustain family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. Annually in June, it presents the Strolling of the Heifers Parade, in which heifer calves and other farm animals, bedecked with flowers, are led up Brattleboro’s Main Street. When it’s over, the crowd follows the parade to the Slow Living Expo for food, entertainment, education, and fun. Both the parade and expo are the main financial vehicles supporting the year round initiatives that support the mission of Strolling of the Heifers.  Annually, Strolling of the Heifers also presents the Slow Living Summit conference in Brattleboro focused on sustainable economies, communities and policies.  The annual farm/food business plan competition began in 2011 as a local contest organized in partnership with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, with a vision to expand statewide. On the web: