Strolling of the Heifers

Dairy cows in flower garlands, marching bands and Bernie paraded together on Saturday through downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, for the annual Strolling of the Heifers festival. Bernie has been a regular at the celebration of family farms and local agriculture since it began in 2001 when he was Vermont’s congressman.

“We’ve had congressmen, senators, governors and lieutenant governors, but we’ve never had a presidential candidate,” Strolling of the Heifers founder Orly Munzing told the Brattleboro Reformer.

When Bernie strolled past the parade reviewing stand, local radio personality “Fish” told the crowd that Sanders had been there for almost all of the 14 parades as Vermont’s congressmen and then as a U.S. senator. “Next time around, who knows?”

After the parade, Bernie posed for pictures with cows before he spoke to a crowd from a gazebo on the Brattleboro Common. The festival, Bernie said, “celebrates not only Vermont agriculture but celebrates the community, the idea of people coming together” for decent jobs, health care and healthy local food. And it’s a lot of fun.”

On Facebook, there was excitement about the event even before the parade. “I hope the cows moooooove over and give him some room,” one person said. “Udderly fantastic!”