Overstrand Village Fair held at the Sports Ground on Saturday 2 August attracted some 1,500 visitors with the fair being busy from the moment the gates opened at 11am until its close just before 5pm
The official opening was at 12 noon by members of the cast from the Cromer Pier Show. Comedian Paul Eastwood along with comedy impressionist Adam Daye, multi-instrumentalists Andante and the very lovely Seaside Special Dancers Millie-Rose Drew and Nicola Peterson entertained a large and enthusiastic audience to a snapshot of the show before declaring the Overstrand Village Fair officially open.
The musical entertainment continued with local folk duo Together Again and the talented Fiona Davis whose demonstration of the Norfolk Step Dance was, on such a hot day, much appreciated by the audience. A Tug ‘O’ War between two mixed teams of village residents and holidaymakers resulted in the prize donated by Woodfordes Brewery being shared amongst all those taking part in the true sprit of fun. The children’s arena games were well-supported and provided a little exercise but in the main fun for the children with everyone one taking part receiving token prizes.
The two craft marquees were kept busy all day as were the many outside stallholders. All of them enjoyed the day and commented on the beautiful setting and great atmosphere. The organisers have received emails of congratulations – all have asked to come back next year.
The marquee selling homemade cakes all provided by the generous village residents proved extremely popular. About with Friends, a Cromer charity provided a fine choice of sandwiches and rolls.
There were plenty of ‘fun’ game stalls all manned by volunteers with the prizes kindly donated by Overstrand businesses. Overstrand Together also had a produce stall with everything sold being donated by village residents; the bookstall was also supported entirely by books donated by residents.
The Overstrand WI stall proceeds from Guess the Weight of the Cake and Name the Teddy where also donated to Overstrand Together. A very successful tombola stall run and supported by village residents had an almost constant queue of people all eager to try and win a prize.
Certainly the day was one of real community spirit with everyone saying how good the event was. The steering group would like to thank everyone who gave their time, donated prizes and helped not only on the day but during the set up and clean up days that are as important to the event as the day itself.