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A Blast From Her Past ~ The Webster County Fair!

Written by Leslie Means

In my 30 years, I’ve only missed the fair 1 time.

OK – maybe twice – but that’s about it.

I was a 4-H girl from the get-go.  At the ripe age of 8, I showed my first lamb.


I bawled like a baby when I had to sell Lanolin.  *tear

I have the best memories from that place.  The. Best.  Water fights, sunflower seeds, donuts, NERVES (from showing and from flirting with boys), rodeo nights, scary carnival workers; you name it, I remember it.

It’s why I go back.  It was the last blast of summer.

It still is.

I brought my girls to the pig show yesterday.  Luckily, my nieces still show so I have an excuse to go back.

Even though the numbers are dwindling and the times have definitely changed, many things are still the same.

Kids still play in the sand near the show ring (they need to be cautious of poo, of course)

you can still find a few sheep…

and pigs, too.

Cattle take up the majority of the pens…

and a delight in 6 bites can still be found with a purple ribbon attached.

But the thing I look forward to the most – is this Pecan Pie.

Served by this woman.

A friendly lady from the Bladen Methodist Church Stand.

Let’s get serious people.  This is good stuff.  Seriously. Good. Stuff.  I only allow myself to have pecan pie twice a year.  Once (or a few times) during Thanksgiving and once (or a few times) at the Webster County Fair.  And no one seems to make Pecan Pie quite as good as those Bladen United Methodist Church Stand Ladies.

Serve that with a medium fountain Diet Pepsi and I have a little piece of heaven in my tummy.

Want to find out what all the fuss is about?  You’re in luck!  The Webster County Fair runs until tomorrow night.  You can catch the Demo Derby, Rodeo and a beer garden/dance too.  You know I’ll be there.  😉 

P.S. I really want my girls to show pigs at the Webster County Fair.  You think I could convince Kyle to let a few run around in our backyard?

P.P.S. Check out my view on the way home from the fair.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.  I really do love this place.


About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.


  • Hello,
    I am a 4-h’er in Eureka Montana and our fair is coming up. Our fair theme is Pride in the past and faith in the future. So I had to look up a picture from someone who did sheep in the past that was when I found your photo. I was wondering if I could get some info about this photo. Like what fair you were at, what year in 4-H, I saw that it said that you were 8, and how much you got per lb on that certain lamb if you remeber.
    Thank you so much for your time and I would greatly apriciate your info. By the way I am going to be a Junior in High school and I have been in 4-H for three years, all three years showing and selling sheep. 🙂 I love it and your info would that much help me better my poster because I am the first one in my family to do 4-H. So here I am looking and searching for past 4-H”ers lol
    Thank you so much,
    Meagan 🙂

  • Love it! I also have great memories of the fair – Franklin County for me. It was always the highlight of my summer, the culmination of long, hot hours of sewing, baking, and bathing and training my sheep. I learned many life lessons through 4-H and the county fair and treasure them still.