This was the 9th year of our annual Strolling of the Heifers. We have been to every one, except the year of the thunderstorm, even I am not dedicated enough for that. It may sound like the silliest parade ever, but it sure is popular. Our town fills up with locals and out-of-towners, all to see over 60 heifers, plus dozens of goats, mules, sheep, oxen, Highland Cows, tons of school kids, dance groups, bands, jump ropers, local businesses, non-profit groups, theater companies, and a man in a ballgown. I love the small town-ness of it all. I don’t mind the traffic and the crowd. It is something that makes Brattleboro different. I know there are places that use the slogan “Keep Blankity-blank Weird”, but non of these places have anything on us.