Girl leads milking cow through streets of Brattleboro during the annual Strolling of the Heifers

Annual Strolling of the Heifers

An annual event in early June is the Strolling of the Heifers through downtown Brattleboro in southern Vermont. If you are from an urban area, the sight of young cows being led somewhat reluctantly through the downtown area is rather an astonishing site. It's also a fun parade with bystanders and participants dressed up as cows. You'll even see a dog dressed as a cow in the slide show! The parade usually starts on a Saturday morning, around 10 am and ends up at the Brattleboro Community Common where you'll find various dairy farming expostions, concessions selling or giving away dairy products and demonstrations of milking.

We've covered this annual event with slide shows and video over the years. Here are links to the videos:

2009 Strolling of the Heifers Parade.

2008 Strolling of the Heifers Parade

Slide Show of the 2009 and 2008 Parades

Senator Bernie Sanders in milking competition 2009

The pictures in the slide show below were taken by Arthur Roslund, a professional photographer based in Lyndonville, Vt. If you see a picture in this series that you would like, contact him at

Note: QuickTime 5.0 or later is required to see the slide show. Download QuickTime

T0 find out more information about this event go the Strolling of the Heifers website

Click here to See a web movie about sheep shearing - one of the demonstrations you will see at the this event.