Strolling in the rain (Brattleboro Reformer)
June 4, 2012
By Josh Stilts
BRATTLEBORO – When Lisa Bassick woke up Saturday morning to the sound of rain rattling against the windows of her Vernon home, a fearful thought struck her; “What if the storm deters people from coming to the Strolling of the Heifers?”
“I was expecting to walk along empty streets,” Bassick said.
But as Bassick and several of the Holstein Association members escorted their young cows through downtown Brattleboro, they were greeted by thousands of people huddled underneath umbrellas and rain coats with cow patterns, snuggled together in doorways and others dancing in the rain.
“It’s so great to see that everyone came out in this mess to support our local agriculture,” she said. Bassick added that the cows did amazingly well walking along the slick pavement despite miserable conditions.
With each passing group, Ravi Patel of Brattleboro and his son, 2-year-old Aarav, spent their first Stroll watching as the animals strutted in the misty morning.
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Tags: Agriculture, Vermont