Overton Sheep Fair

Mildmay Vets had a very successful day at The Overton Sheep Fair on 16th July. The sheep fair was originally conceived to celebrate the millennium in 2000 as Overton had been the site for sheep fairs from medieval times until early in the 20th century.

Every four years since, the village has joined together and transformed itself to capture each sheep fair’s theme. In honour of its roots, every sheep fair is officially opened with the arrival of sheep being herded along Winchester Street – they mostly all behave! Everyone got into the spirit of the Swinging Sixties with some great outfits! We had lots of interest in the stall – match the dog breeds and sheep breeds to their picture, a dental display with dog and sheep skulls to compare a raffle for dog and cat treats and toys and ‘Guess the name of the guinea pigs’.

We had also arranged for a Medical Detection Dog and his owner to spend some time on the stall in the afternoon. Neil chatted to people and encouraged them to buy raffle tickets. The dog, Roots, was amazing and alerted Neil that his blood sugar was going too low on several occasions while he was there – fascinating to see! We raised more than £80 for Medical Detection Dogs, our charity for the year, which is great!