A woman topped the prizes at a Virginia county fair. The internet went wild: NPR


Linda Skeens’ remarkable winning streak has sparked memes and even a song.

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A woman topped the prizes at a Virginia county fair. The internet went wild: NPR

Linda Skeens’ remarkable winning streak has sparked memes and even a song.

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Deep in southwest Virginia, there’s a county fair where, last month, a woman won first, second and third place for best cookies.

She also won all three prizes for sweets and for savory bread.

In fact, she won blue ribbon for cake, pie, brownie, sweet bread, and best baked good (it was strawberry fudge).

It didn’t stop there.

It also won for canned tomatoes, canned corn, pickled peppers, sauerkraut, relish, spaghetti sauce, and jelly and jam. Next, she won honors in quilt embroidery. And after the Virginia Kentucky District Fair posted those totally dominating results on Facebook in June, you guessed it — it went viral.

She was celebrated in a song and on comments on Facebook and in numerous memes, all of which led to an inevitable question: who exactly is this champion chef, Linda Skeens?

“With online dating and so on, I think a lot of girls are pretty good at stalking people on the internet,” said Mason Mousette, host of Dallas radio show HOT 93.3.

Mousette posted a TikTok asking his followers to help him find the Linda Skeen.

Skeens’ granddaughter saw this and reached out. And using that name, Mousette found a phone number for Linda herself.

“You realize that everyone on the internet wants you to cook for them,” Mousette told her. “Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner – they want you to cook everything for them.”

Skeens’ answer? “I’m busy cooking for my family.”

Skeens shared that she was diagnosed with leukemia in December, but the treatment she is on is working and cooking for friends and family is helping. She was flattered by comparisons to all-time great athletes, like NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.

“Comparing myself to Dale Earnhardt, Sr., I said I could never be in his category. He’s my hero,” she told HOT 93.3.

Perhaps Skeens was too humble. After all, she admitted that last year at another county fair she won 40 ribbons.

It’s definitely entering some all-time great territory.


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