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Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -

Thousands came out in Brattleboro to celebrate Vermont's farming industry.

The cows were on parade in Brattleboro at the 13th annual Strolling of the Heifers. Heifer calves led the parade escorted by future farmers from area schools and 4-H clubs. But it wasn't all about the cows - the multi- day event celebrates family farmers, local food, and rural life with plenty of other animals and attractions.

“I like goats,” exclaimed Carson Spatz.

“I like when the alpacas came over,” said Jack Marvin.

Police estimated over 50,000 people from all over the region were there to watch the tractors, clowns, and floats parading down Main Street. The parade is one event in the June 6th to 8th Strolling of the Heifers weekend, which is full of activities to honor Vermont's strong dairy and farming industries.

“We have people of all ages of all sizes coming together celebrating farms and agriculture and sustainability. Good stuff. It's a good sign of what Vermont's all about,” said Amelia Struthers, the event’s Dairy Godmother.

Kids were encouraged to learn all about the farming industry - the good - and the bad.

“It tried to lick me after it ate a dead chicken,” said Marvin.

Kids at the parade agree that it's a great way to honor one of Vermont's biggest industries.

“Because it's fun to go to parades,” said Tai Ly.

The Strolling of the Heifers weekend continues through Sunday with bike rides, speakers, art exhibits, and farm tours.

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