Scarecrows are now being displayed across Overton in the run-up to the popular festival, to be held from July 15 to 17.

On July 15, the event will kick off with the fancy dress Wheelbarrow Race starting at 7.15pm through the heart of the village. There are refreshment stops at local drinking establishments with the finish line at Bridge Street Recreation Ground opposite the Church.

The Grand Festival Fete is to be held on both the Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon with a wide range of stalls, ,food and drink,and something for all ages. The differing attractions on each day include Birds of Prey and It’s a Knockout on the Saturday. The Sunday has the added bonus of a Fun Dog Show. Dogs on leads are welcome on both days.

The Saturday afternoon sees music from the brilliant Imperial Balalaika Orchestra , with a relaxing offering from Tadley Brass Band on the Sunday. There will also be the option to get involved with the popular tractor and trailer rides around the village.

For those with different taste, Scarecrow Rocks at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, July 16 from 6.30pm showcases favourite local bands.

Residents and visitors are encouraged take in the weekend attractions. But, if they can't make it, all are welcome to have a stroll in the days before around the village, decorated by many scarecrows.

Overton Scarecrow Festival chairman Steve Williams said: "Come along and soak up the atmosphere. The creativity of the Scarecrows has to be seen to be believed."

The first Scarecrow Festival in Overton was in 2009. Its aim was to bring fun and much needed fundraising for local sports and recreation. This remains the aim with this, the sixth festival.

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