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This Bizarre Annual Festival In Vermont Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed

Ok, maybe it’s not bizarre, but it’s certainly one of a kind!  The Strolling of the Heifers isn’t just a parade in Vermont, it’s a movement. This annual festival brings out thousands of people for a weekend jam packed with fun, but there is so much more to the Strolling of the Heifers than just block parties, parades and bike rides. Here, we have an example of an organization who works tirelessly year-round to boost the farm and food business as well as sponsor apprenticeships, educational grants and micro loans for farmers to name but a few.

It almost seems natural to have a parade led by heifers since Vermont has more cows per capita than any other state, but the cows here are more than parade participants. They are celebrated as they connect the community to farms and we celebrate Vermont’s farm to table lifestyle. In fact, the Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index  keeps track of which states are most committed to local foods, and guess who tops the list? Yup – Vermont!

But how did the Heifer Stroll come to be? In 2001, inspired after her recent trip to Pamplona, Spain, where the famous Running of the Bulls takes place, Vermont resident Orla Munzing organized a slower (not to mention safer) way to bring the people and the farmers together. Now in its second decade, the Strolling of the Heifers has turned into a year long operation, with an event filled weekend including Strolling of the Heifer parade as its most famous – and fun – event.

The 2016 Strolling of the Heifers Weekend will be June 3-4-5 and you’re not going to want to miss it. Let’s take a look at what we can expect to find.

Have you been to the incredible Strolling of the Heifers?  Mark your calendar now for June 3-5 to have fun and support our local farmers and much more.  Share this post to help spread the word!

Kristin Grimes
Kristin Grimes lives in Vermont, is a freelance writer and busy MOM (Manager of Madness) and WIFE (Washing, Ironing, Feeding, Etc.)