- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - The southern Vermont town of Brattleboro is getting ready for its annual celebration of family farms, local food and rural life - the Strolling of the Heifers parade.

Up to 100 heifers - a young female cow that has not yet borne a calf - will be joined by marchers bedecked with hats and flowers, other animals, tractors, clowns, floats and bands in the parade that steps off in downtown Brattleboro Saturday at 10 a.m.

The parade is the highlight of a weekend of festivities that begins with an organic breakfast on the town common starting at 7 a.m. and continues following the parade with an 11-acre Slow Living Expo.

Among the marchers in the parade will be Vermont U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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