COLUMBIA — Images from the Boone County Fair, the Show-Me State Games and the Hallsville barn that burned down — and one of "Mr. Olympics" — were some of the best photos taken by Missourian staff this past week.
John Lucas, Olympics historian, has his portrait taken here by Tatiana Fernandez on July 6 at the Moberly Regional Medical Center. Lucas was presented the "Olympic Order" medal in 1996 for his contributions to the Olympic Movement and has attended every Summer Olympics since 1960, except for this year's London Games. Lucas was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in February.
In this photo by Robert Swain, an archery target is seen through the lens of a spotting scope at the Show-Me State Games. During the event, which took place at Stephens Lake Park, participants used the scopes between shots to check the accuracy of their arrows.
The process of extinguishing large bales of hay caused a lot of smoke that made it difficult to breathe and see Wednesday south of Hallsville. Firefighters, photographed by Carrie Durkee, tried to extinguish dry hay after a barn burned down. High heat and wind made it difficult for firefighters to work and fully put out the fire.
Nick Barnes, 15, center left, speaks with Kelly Wilsdorf, 18, before the judging of best in show for rabbits Thursday at the Boone County Fair. Photographed here by Carrie Durkee, Wilsdorf won "best in show" with her Florida white rabbit and has been showing rabbits for 10 years.
Maisy Borden, 13, chalks her hands in this photo by Amy Bruer before taking her turn on the uneven bars at the Show-Me State Games. The gymnastics event, which took place at the Hearnes Center, was held to allow young gymnasts from around Missouri to compete and show their skills in a large-scale event.
In this photo by Yi Gan, Aurora Loyal, 10, shows up with her horse, Derby, a grey Percheron, at the beginning of the family's equestrian show Wednesday. The Loyals travel with a mini-van, a house trailer and a horse truck all over the U.S. to perform the "Loyal Vaulting Equestrian Show."
Matt Vaughn, 10, left, and Haley Ray, 10, look through the dividing curtain in this photo by Tatiana Fernandez. The children sneaked a peak at the band that started rehearsing in the multipurpose room while they served dessert at the 4-H/FFA Livestock Buyers Dinner on Friday at the Boone County Fair. German chocolate and vanilla cake was served that afternoon.