Walking the Heifers

Last weekend, my family and I went to the 10th annual “Strolling of the Heifers.”  This seemed like a uniquely Vermontish activity, and we have been looking for fun local events to go to.  Supposedly this event would include the actual strolling of the heifers, which I had imagined to be something akin to the running of the bulls, but slower, and then an outdoor festival celebrating all things cow.

First of all, I just want to say that I thought there would be more cows.  I mean, there were cows, but not in the mass quantities I had imagined.  It was basically a regular old parade, so there would be a marching band, then  maybe a cow or two, then a tractor, maybe someone dressed as a cow, and then a couple more cows.  It was definitely fun, but I was sad to not have hundreds of cows just wandering around the streets mooing and causing widespread joy.  My favorite part of the parade was the poop clowns, who got to follow the cows, engaging in silly antics, and scooping all the poop into buckets on wheels.

There were also several other non-cows in the parade.  In that way, it was similar to a gay pride parade, as we had cows, as well as supporters of cows in the parade.  There were horses, pigs, chickens, and even alpacas marching in support of their bovine friends.  It was touching to see such animal unity.

The festival afterward was ok, although I spent most of it in a long line trying to buy a burrito, and I could not find any cows.  I saw the alpacas and the pigs.  I saw the horses.  But when it came to getting some one-on-one time with an actual cow, I was sorely disappointed.  Ruby, however, was thrilled that there were no less than three giant inflatable items for her to bounce on, so she went home extremely happy.

I am having a hard time putting this whole experience into words for you, so perhaps this video that I made will sum it up nicely for you.  If you were not able to make it to the Strolling of the Heifers this year, this video will show you what you missed, more or less.

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