- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - An annual celebration of family farms, local food and rural life is getting underway in southern Vermont town of Brattleboro with 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 starts Saturday at 10 a.m.

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

The parade is the highlight of a weekend of festivities that began 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.

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