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THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Peppers, balloons and football

Sunday, August 28, 2011 | 7:34 p.m. CDT; updated 8:55 p.m. CDT, Sunday, August 28, 2011

Scarfing down peppers, letting balloons fly and cheering on the Rock Bridge football team top the list for the week's best photos.

Upper School Director Doug Sept ends the countdown to the balloon launch at Columbia Independent School on Friday.
Paula McFarling and Peter Yronwode embrace mid-dance during The Bel Airs' set Wednesday during Summerfest on Ninth Street. The couple was not alone in swing-dancing during the free concert, as many people took advantage of the danceable blues beats during the night.
Rock Bridge High School football fans cheer with the mascot at the beginning of the Providence Bowl on Friday. Some fans wore costumes and painted their bodies to show their support for the team.
Hickman High School student Russell Logan, 15, shovels debris on Saturday from a sidewalk in a Joplin, Missouri, neighborhood that was completely destroyed by the May 22 tornado. Logan was a volunteer for the "Columbia for Joplin" event.
Caleb Hubbard, 4, reacts to a hot pepper called the Cajun Belle at the 7th annual Tomato Festival at Bradford Research and Extension Center on Thursday. His older brother Josh Hubbard, 7, looks on.

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