Little is known about Linda Skeens, but it’s easy to dream about what it’s like in her house.
The sweet smell of freshly baked cookies coming from the kitchen to the living space. That first bite of one of her savory breads delivers a mouthful of pure joy.
The sound of Mrs. Skeens dicing and chopping any fresh produce that comes her way to make her satiating canned fruits and vegetables.
Linda Skeens might as well be an internet fable – a majestic chef who knows his way around sauerkraut as well as strawberry fudge.
But she’s as real as the dozens of awards she won at the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair last month. Linda Skeens – popularly known online by her full, now famous name – has become an internet icon after those triumphs.
“If it can be made, she can”, Franki Skeens, Linda’s granddaughter, told The Washington Post† ‘I don’t know how she does it. There are never leftovers.”
Her granddaughter said Linda lives in Russell County, Virginia and has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Linda Skeens’ journey to internet fame began on June 13 when the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair began listing the winners of the contest. Skeens’ name was everywhere.
She won competitions for relish, jelly and jam; showed off her prowess in the baking categories by sweeping the biscuits and bread categories; and showed masterful excellence with her entries for sweets, cakes and pies.
she won 25 of the 29 categories she enteredhonest spokesperson Jennifer Sturgill told Today.
Those messages from the Wise, Virginia funfair, just a few miles from southeastern Kentucky, went viral. And along the way, the internet wanted to know one thing.
“Linda Skeens where are you!? Internet, we need to find #lindaskeens,’ a woman said: in one of the many TikTok videos about the new internet legend.
She has not done any interviews and does not appear to have a social media presence.
There is a Linda Skeens in Dublin, Virginia, but she confessed that she is not the one with internet fame.
“I’m Not Linda Skeens’ Baking Phenomenon Who Won All the Ribbons at the Kentucky Virginia District Fair,” the other Linda Skeens said:† “I wish I was because I’ve been approached by people from Pennsylvania who invite me to Thanksgiving dinner and offer to pay my way there, I’ve heard from a nice man from Indonesia and all kinds of WONDERFUL people CONVINCED that I am!! But alas, I am not.”
Commentators can’t get enough of the superheroine Skeens. Many have compared her to Chuck Norris, the respected tough guy who became one of the first memes on the internet.
“Linda Skeens is my new idol”, said a woman.
“They should call it the Linda Skeens VA KY District Fair,” said another commenter.
Jennifer Mulliens, a member of the scholarship committee, told The Washington Post that Skeens has always won big in the stock market, but that she had “renewed success on social media” this year.
“If people want to meet Linda, all they have to do is go to the next local fair,” Franki Skeens told the Post.