THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Welcome homes and rodeos

Sunday, August 26, 2012 | 7:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Some of the best photos taken last week by the Missourian photographers came from many different events around mid-Missouri. This week's photos include shots from the Cattleman Days Rodeo, the Tigers football practice, Mizzou H20 and a celebration for troops coming home. 

Photographer Kile Brewer caught Justin Collins and his son Tristen, 4, sharing a laugh while taking a break from guiding cars into parking spaces at the Cattleman Days Rodeo. This years rodeo consisted of events such as professional bull riding, bareback bronco riding, team roping and calf tying.

At practice on Wednesday, Jaime Henry-White captured this photo of defensive lineman Brad Madison diving towards a tackling dummy during a drill. The Tigers are preparing for their first game versus Southeastern Louisiana at 6 p.m. Saturday at Faurot Field.  

On Saturday, the MU Department of Student Activites put on its annual Mizzou H2O event on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle. Photographer Naveen Mahadeven took this photo of Avery Wheeler, 6, going down the water slide at the event. Mizzou H2O hosts students as well as Columbia families for a day of fun before school starts.

Bull rider Sunshine Schwartz, who participated in Saturday's Cattleman Days Rodeo in Ashland, is caught by photographer Zac Boesch using his knife to give his glove more grip. The stands were packed with people eager to watch the events of the 36th annual rodeo.

First Lt. Jacob Condon kisses his wife, Heather, after returning home after a year-long deployment in Qatar. Condon arrived home to a celebration on Saturday at Columbia College for the 175th Military Battalion, which is headquartered in Columbia. Photographer Zac Boesch shot the event for the Missourian. 

Supervising editor is Maggie Walter.

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