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Living the “wood” life


There is always a great deal of fun to be had at a county fair and the 2022 Webster County Fair is no exception. There is something for everybody at the fair; including competition. Competitions could make anyone nervous; anyone that is except for Stacey Lee.

Stacey Lee is at the very least, a “Jill” of all trades. She has been a teacher at Hubble Elementary for the past 24 years, is the West Ward Alderman for Marshfield, and recently, an expert woodworker.
No stranger to the Webster County Fair, Lee has shown registered Holstein cattle since she was 6-years old.
Lee is the type of person to never back down from a challenge. She once entered a rooster, named Roger, into a competition on a dare and won.
This year, Lee will not be showing cattle or roosters. Instead, she will be showcasing her handmade wood carvings. How did she get started? Another dare.

Lee told family members she could easily carve a duck out of wood. Her cousin, who is a master carver, overheard her claim and challenged her. She started taking lessons from her cousin and quickly found out that it was harder than it looked. The two would spend their free weekends learning the trade.
“He thought I would go home and never come back,” smiled Lee. Not only did she keep coming back, she soon discovered her newly learned craft could earn her recognition.
“I entered a bluejay that I carved in the fair last year and won best in show,” explained Lee.

Lee plans on entering another bid this year; possibly another blue jay or even a duck. Her many hours spent whittling and carving might just pay off at the county fair.

Lee takes inspiration from a favorite quote of hers, “be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods”. Much like a rooster that crows, you will always find Lee pushing past her limits to achieve her goals.


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