Every four years, Overton holda a Sheepfair and each one celebrates a particular period in the country's history. This year's theme, the 4th Sheepfair since the millenium was celebrated in 2000, had as it's theme "Celebrating an Era of Change 1040-1952'. The Sheepfair committee arranged for the opening to be performed by Sir Winston Churchill (played by Derek Herbert)who declaimed his opening address in Winchester Street, holding a cigar in one hand and ending with a traditional 'V' salute with the other. Accompanying Sir Winston was his detective, played by David Yardley.
Sir George also spoke at the opening, reporting back from the 1952 budget "I am afraid the Chancellor has increased the tax on petrol, which now costs 4s 3d a gallon." There were cries of "shame" from those present. "But the good news", continued Sir George, "is that family allowances have been increased to 8s per week, to enable you to look after your children." He ended by saying that the amount of income that people could earn each year without paying tax had been increased to £120, taking 2 million people out of tax.
The Mayor of Basingstoke, Cllr Martin Bierman also spoke, and there was then a packed programme of entertainment including the Hook Eagle Morris Dancers, the Overton Mummers, Maypole Dancers, and a magician. Laverstoke Park provided home grown food, and many community organisations held stalls in the High Street.
"Many congratulations to Jeff Teagle, the Chairman, and Jane Anthony, the Secretary of the Sheepfair Committee for putting together a magnificant show, and they will have raised funds for the Sheepfair and also for the good causes of the village.