Sherri Best is the first to greet you at the Roosevelt County Extension agency. With a smile, Best will help you with what you need.
Moving from Wyoming to Portales in 1980 to attend Eastern New Mexico University, she now lives in Elida with her husband.
Best’s children were participated in Future Farmers of America, raising lambs for fairs . They family still raises lambs for shows.
Even after her children have grown up and stopped showing at the Roosevelt County Fair, she is still a part of the fair.
What is your favorite part about working at the Roosevelt County Extension office?
I simply love my job at the Extension Office and its many facets. I enjoy working with the 4-H program and members as well as the ladies of the Roosevelt County Extension Association.
I also have a variety of duties to prepare for the Roosevelt County Fair as well as coordinate the home art entries, judging sheets, and answer general fair questions.
It is hard to pinpoint just one part of my job as being my favorite.
What do you like best about Portales?
Portales and Roosevelt County is a great place to live and raise your family. It is a friendly community that cares about one another. That was so evident in 2007 when we lost our daughter, Heidi. There were people from all parts of the county who gave us encouragement, support, love, prayers and hugs.
Favorite memory growing up in Wyoming?
Our first family vacation was to Yellowstone National Park the summer after I graduated from high school.
My mom loved to take pictures of all the animals. It embarrassed my sisters and I because we didn’t want to look like tourists. She would jump out of the pickup and try to get as close to the animals as possible.
It was a great trip, with five people in a super cab pickup and camper shell on the back. We ate bologna sandwiches out of the cooler and slept in sleeping bags in the bed of the pickup.
How did you meet your husband Kent Best?
I moved to New Mexico to attend Eastern New Mexico University in 1980. Charles Chambers, ENMU retired rodeo coach, introduced us and I kept my horses at the same place he did. We became good friends before actually starting to date.
What is your favorite thing about raising lambs?
Our family has been showing and raising lambs for 20 years. I enjoy watching the baby lambs run and play in the big pen while their mommas eat.
Do you have any hobbies?
After our nest became empty, Kent and I started rebuilding and repurposing furniture and decorative items. We love going to garage sales, auctions and flea markets to find items to bring back to life.
We started a small business called “One Man’s Junk” and have gone to several craft/trade shows. We have four shows lined up in the next three months.
I am extremely proud of the work Kent does to transform an old headboard or dresser into a really unique bench or vanity. He builds it, then I paint and finish it.
— Compiled by CMI staff writer Lillian Bowe