This past weekend Brattleboro, Vermont celebrated the "Strolling of the Heifers" parade and festival. Named tongue-in-cheek after the "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, the festival honors the significance of the dairy industry in Southern Vermont's agricultural economy. Dovetailing our own Vaishnava tradition of cow protection, Vermont devotees distributed opulent Krishna prasadam, expertly prepared by Sundarakara Prabhu and friends, at Govinda's Prasadam Booth.
Some pictures from the Festival:
Sundarkara (the brains of the operation, wearing the green T-shirt), Jack, Rob, Marty and Radha-ramana cook on location and serve out. (Not shown are Haley and photographer Dola Yatra d.d., who also helped with preparation and serve out.)
Not present at the festival but there in spirit was longtime Brattleboro-area devotee Kanai dasa, pictured here with his beautiful ox team, Doby and Gray. Kanai Prabhu says, "I have kept cows and bulls for 28 years, since I first moved to Vermont back in 1974. I was very much looking to please Srila Prabhupada, so since he was always stressing cow protection, one of the first things I did was get a calf. I have had cattle ever since. My first team of oxen were born here on the property and lived to the ripe old age of 25 & 26 years old."
Lalita Madhava dasi