This small Sussex village's fair on 25 July gets its name from the sheep which is roasted whole, and shared out, although the main activity of the day is a cricket match between Ebernoe and a neighbouring village team. The man who scores the most runs on the winning side is presented with the horns of the ram. Earlier sources speak of general sports and games on the day, but the cricket has been featured since at least the 1920s. It is known that the fair was revived in 1864, but for how long it had been dormant is not known, nor is the date of its origin. A feature of the modern custom is the singing of the ‘Horn Fair’ song, which was probably not written about Ebernoe, but has now been adopted. Charlton, for example, had an infinitely more famous Horn Fair.
See also HORNS.
A. B. (Arthur Beckett), Sussex County Magazine 2 (1928), 331, 338;Stanley Godman, Sussex County Magazine 29 (1955), 320–3, 29 (1955), 403, 501;Hilary and Ailsa Cripps, Sussex Life (July 1968), 39–40.