COLUMBIA — Images from Family Fun Fest, the Show-Me State Games and Spc. Sterling Wyatt's memorial services were some of the best photos taken by Missourian staff in the past week.
Robert Swain's photo of Phatina Naga performing a Turkish style belly dance was taken during Wednesday evening's Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park. The three-year dancer was a part of the "Around the World" theme that focused on teaching families what cultures around the world do for fun.
In this photo by Carrie Durkee, Columbia Cardinals' Spencer Mills tosses a ball to his dad and coach John Mills in preparation for a game during the Show-Me State Games on Friday at Atkins Baseball Park. Players in Mills' highly successful 12-year-old Cardinals team challenged themselves in this year's Games by competing in the 13-year-old division.
In this photo by Caitlin Jones, Russel Wade, left, and Brent Wade, members of the Woodlandville United Methodist Church in Rocheport, pitch wheat into a threshing machine Saturday at the church's second-annual wheat threshing, a community event showcasing old farming practices. "I think it's important that (children) understand where the wheat came from and how it was formed," said church member Les Wegener.
Attendees of Spc. Sterling Wyatt's funeral pay their respects as Wyatt's casket is placed into the hearse outside of the First Baptist Church of Columbia on Saturday in this photo by Robert Swain. Red was worn as a symbol of "the fallen and the bloodshed," according to one attendee. An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people gathered outside the church to show their support for the Wyatt family.
In this photo by Carrie Durkee, Ken and Sue Hammann, friends of the Wyatt family, stand outside First Baptist Church of Columbia mourning the loss of Spc. Sterling Wyatt during Thursday's memorial procession. Many Columbia residents gathered around the church to honor Wyatt and his family as the motorcade escorting him traveled through the city.
In this photo by Amy Bruer, Ken Koenigsfeld, left, and his partner, Flo Koenigsfeld, prepare to dance Saturday during the Show-Me State Games ballroom dancing competition. The couple has been married for 37 years and have been dancing together for 15. "The big thing is we're together, four times a week," Flo said. "It’s our way to exercise. We go out together and have fun."