Wednesday May 22, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Strolling of the Heifers has announced that Merchants Bank will be the Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming parade, Farm/Food Business Plan competition, Slow Living Summit and Tour de Heifer bicycle race.

"Merchants Bank became a partner with Strolling of the Heifers because we share local values," said Sandy Bartlett, Vice President and Regional Banking Manager.

Stroll Weekend takes place in Brattleboro June 7 to 9. The parade is the centerpiece on Saturday, June 8, followed by the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo. An awards ceremony announcing the winner of the Farm/Food Business Plan competition will be held on June 5, followed by the Slow Living Summit, a three-day conference on sustainable living and resilient communities, being held June 5 to 7.

"Having local businesses like Merchants Bank involved with people who are passionate about local food helps strengthen our local economy," said Orly Munzing, the Stroll's founder and executive director. "We know that Merchants Bank shares the community values of Strolling of the Heifers, and their statewide presence will be a great fit as we continue to foster innovation with businesses throughout Vermont."