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BRATTLEBORO — Entertainment is front and center during all of Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, with a variety of musical styles and genres showcased during Friday's evening Festival and Saturday's Slow Living Expo.

"We've got a great lineup of groups," said Beth Kiendl, the Stroll's entertainment chair. "There will be jazz, rock, honky-tonk, a capella, hip-hop, and traditional Quebecois folk at the gazebo on the Common, during the Saturday Expo, and on Friday evening as well. Sandglass Theater puppet shows will be running all day on Saturday, and, as always, New England Center for Circus Arts will have student performances to name a few things happening in other locations at the Expo."

Stroll Weekend entertainment begins with the Friday Evening Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. The gazebo on the Common will be the place to relax and have dinner while listening to performances by the Brattleboro Union High School Jazz Band at 5:15 p.m., The Celebration Jazz Band at 6 p.m., and Molly Steinmark & Friends at 7:30 p.m. Vendors will be open on the Common, and so will many varieties of food trucks. The River Garden on Main Street will also host food and alcohol vendors. The cow-themed Moover bus will give free rides between the Common and A Candle In The Night on Main Street all evening. Look for the Moover bus stop signs.

On Saturday, pre-parade entertainers, including The Dairy Godmother (Amelia Struthers) will roam the parade route between 9 and 10 a.m., when the parade begins. The crowd follows the parade to the Slow Living Expo at the Brattleboro Common, and areas off Linden Street for fun, food, entertainment and exhibits until 4 p.m.

New England Center for Circus Arts offers shows throughout the day at the Courthouse off Linden Street, featuring advanced and professional students from around the world. There will also be SheepX rocket launches throughout the day by The Love Sheep Project.

The Family Entertainment Tent will feature hows all day on the Common by Sandglass Theater, including Kasper the Cow and Fritz's Flea Circus.

Entertainment at the Gazebo at the Brattleboro Common will include Flyboy MyStro at 10:45 a.m., Va-et-Vien at 11:45 a.m., Debbie and the Downers at 12:45 p.m., XPressivo at 1:45 p.m., and Rear Defrosters at 2:15 p.m.

During the Tour de Heifer bike rides on Sunday, lunchtime entertainment at the Robb Family Farm in West Brattleboro will feature The Full Catastrophe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All entertainment during Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocery. For information on all Stroll Weekend events, visit www.StrollingoftheHeifers.com.

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