Friday May 10, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Strolling of the Heifers weekend is fast approaching, and the organization is still in urgent need of volunteers to help make it happen.

Stroll weekend was recently named one of America's "Top 10 Summer Festivals" by travel-oriented website Livability.com. As always, Stroll organizers say, it will draw tens of thousands of people from far and wide to the area during the weekend of June 7-9.

"We can't pull it off without a lot of time and effort contributed by volunteers," said Vick Friedman, the event's volunteer coordinator, "but it's very rewarding -- everyone who comes to our events is in a great mood and they really appreciate all the things our volunteers do."

Among other things, volunteers are needed for the following tasks: assistance at the registration table and other functions at the Slow Living Summit (June 5 to 7), Stroll merchandise sales on Friday evening, June 7, and all day on Sat. June 8; parade crowd and traffic control; set-up and cleanup at most events; drivers of courtesy golf carts, "Zero Waste" recycling station monitors, cheese village "ambassadors" at the Expo, and help with the Sunday, June 9 Tour de Heifer cycling event.

Interested people can contact Vicki Friedman at 802-490-2265, or e-mail her at strollvolunteers@gmail.com, or they can register on the Stroll's website, www.strollingoftheheifers.com, using the Volunteer link in the top menu bar. Community service credit can be provided.

This year's Strolling of the Heifers parade takes place on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m., on Main Street in Brattleboro, followed by the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo on the Brattleboro Commons and Retreat grounds, with additional events on June 7 and June 9. For full information check www.strollingoftheheifers.com.