COLUMBIA – This week Missourian photographers captures images of a stubborn calf, a show mule, dock dogs and a derby dad at the Boone County Fair
Morgan Naeger practices leading her calf, Socks, around her yard on July 10 in preparation for the 4-H Bucket Calf Show, which was held Monday night at the 2014 Boone County Fair, in this photo by J. Evan Arnold. Morgan's mother, Suzie Naeger, spent years traveling the country showing livestock competitively and has been helping Morgan learn how to lead. Naeger said she's proud to see Morgan choose to enroll in 4-H and participate in showmanship on her own.
One of the more than 50 horseback riders who participated in the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out rides a horse during the Boone County Fair at the Central Missouri Events Center on Friday in this photo by T.J. Thomson.
Wil Lawrence said the tattoos on his right arm, depicted in this photo by T.J. Thomson, serve as a reminder about his former life. Looking at them helps him stay clean, he said. Lawrence is a former drug addict who now focuses his energies on doing demolition derbies with his son. Their team, Solo Boyz, was knocked out in the early stages of the demolition derby Wednesday at the 2014 Boone County Fair.
In this photo by Shannon Elliott, Twister flings himself from the dock at the Big Muddy DockDogs jumping event Wednesday at the Boone County Fair. Twister has been competing for four seasons and, according to his owner, Becky Berger, can't get enough of the sport.
Allee Prescott tugs on her mule Joker's chain as she tries to persuade him to jump the pole at the mule show in the horse arena during the Boone County Fair, in this photo by Kylee Gregg.