A US baker has gone viral online after a local state fair shared a list of winners from the bakery and cookery section, which she swept.
The enthusiastic home cook, Linda Skeens, was tracked down by fans and media from around the world after her wins attracted attention on Facebook, but it was not easy, with the Virginia grandmother not having social media or even a mobile phone.
The competition at the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair began innocently enough when a woman named Linda Skeens entered her many baked treats, canned goods and other items for the judged contest.
Then she won — and she won huge. The fair posted a list of winners on Facebook showing that Skeens dominated the June 13 competition, winning more than 25 of 80 contest categories.
Linda swept the cake, pie, cookie, bread (both sweet and savoury), brownie and candy categories. In addition to baked goods, Skeens’s corn won best overall canned vegetable, and her peppers prevailed as the overall best non-cucumber pickled item. On Facebook, the jokes were flowing.
“She showed up, showed everyone what a winner looks like, and left without a trace,” posted a commenter. Some comments got more than 10,000 likes, and the hashtag #whereislindaskeens took off.
Eventually her granddaughter, Franki, became aware and told the Washington Post it was no surprise.
“To us, it’s nothing new because Mamaw has done it for years,” said Franki Skeens.
“It’s a big family tradition,” she said, adding that her grandmother has participated as a contestant for several decades, and has taken home many blue ribbons, but perhaps none as many as this year.