theme for this year's Sheepfair in Overton was Regency.
This was chosen because Jane Austen was a local girl, being born in nearby Steventon, where her father was the rector.
"The sheepfair is held every four years, with a specific theme. The village entered into the spirit by dressing up in contemporary Regency costumes, giving the whole event atmosphere. Closing Winchester Street enabled events to be staged in the middle of the village, and for there to be a wide range of stalls."
Sheep Fairs are an integral part of Overton's history; even into the early years of the 20th century, the village was regularly filled with sheep and traders from across southern England. The idea was revived in 2000, when a two-day Millennium Sheepfair took place on July 15th and 16th. The next one was held in 2004, with a Victorian theme - see http://www.sirgeorgeyoung.org.uk/News/anewsitem.cfm?newsid=1834&selectyear=2004
"As before, there has been generous sponsorship by de la Rue, who own Portals - a well-established local company printing banknotes. The Mummers were a very popular attraction - and the village is lucky to have its own resident group."
The Overton School Longsword Dancers also performed, as did the Hook Eagle Morris Men.