Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Strolling of the Heifers

How did I never blog about one of the greatest cultural events to ever happen in Vermont? I am seriously shocked that it has taken so long to tell the worlds of these spectacular happenings. :)

So on this beautiful day, we went to downtown Brattleboro to watch a parade of cows. Yes, a parade of cows. There were also high school marching bands, and little girl dancers in the parade, but the majority of what was featured were a bunch of cows. And we absolutely loved it! Where else in the world would you see such a display of country loving?

After the parade, there were a ton of booths set up with samples of food, the circus school was putting on shows, and of course, you could get up close and personal with the cows in a type of petting zoo. 

It was all sorts of Vermonty, with goat races, organic kale juices, a port-a-potty that collected urine to use as fertilizer. Everyone was out there to have a good time and show off their stuff. 

We ended up finding a bunch of SIT students and hung out with them almost the whole time we were there. After getting samples from almost all the food stands, we were pretty much at a loss for things to do, so we headed up to the petting zoo and got to know some of the animals. 

One of the saddest parts of the petting zoo was that we saw a cow fall down on a child. The kid was probably 5 or 6 years old, and the cow (baby cow) fell down out of exhaustion right on top of the kid. So sad! But luckily my cow was a trooper and let me snap this picture with her before she went home for the day. 

But in all honesty, is there anywhere else in the world that has a type of festival/parade like this? If so, I want to go and visit! We had so much fun hanging out with the country folk for the day. We don't get many opportunities to see cow parades here in Mexico, but if there is one, we will be in the crowd (with a good view too, since we are so tall here). 

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