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Farmington artist Patty Smith took home a blue ribbon home from the Dakota County Fair for her oil painting. She also won Grand Champion for a drawing of three children.

Farmington artist marks 30th year of entering work in Dakota County Fair


Farmington artist Patty Smith really didn't think the drawing she entered in the Dakota County Fair was her best work. Apparently, the judges beg to differ. It earned a Grand Champion purple ribbon.

Smith, who has been entering her artwork in the Dakota County Fair since 1984, has streams of ribbons she's won at past fairs hanging in her home. Every year, it seems she brings home a few more.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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