BRATTLEBORO -- Even though it takes a full year of planning, hundred of volunteer hours, and thousands of dollars in donations, there is always one variable in preparing for the Strolling of the Heifers that is out of the hands of organizers: The weather can never be predicted a full year in advance.

And even though one of the first things organizers say is that the event is held rain or shine, a rainy day with temperatures in the 60s can dampen some spirits.

This year it looks like Mother Nature is cooperating. When the first heifer begins strolling up Main Street at 10 a.m. clear skies are expected with temperatures forecast to be in the low 70s.

It may get a little warm later, but by then the heifers will be in their barns and the crowds will be under the canopy of trees on the Common and the Retreat campus, ideally with a cool drink or ice cream in their hands.

The 13th annual Strolling of the Heifers parade starts 10 a.m. sharp on Flat Street, with the parade making its way up Main Street to the Common.

Parade organizers are encouraging visitors to park by 9 a.m. and get a good seat along Main Street.

There are shuttle buses running from near Brattleboro Union High School and Route 9, near the I91 exits 1 and 2.

Many streets around Main Street and the Common are closed to parking during Saturday and police encourage drivers to check the latest information at