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Show-Me State Games give sprinter second chance [Video]

Because of a senior prank, Derek Freeman, a 100-meter sprinter from Salem, was not allowed to run in his high school districts meet at the end of his senior year. The Show-Me State Games gave him a chance to redeem himself for his missed opportunity. To support Derek in his running, his father Mark decided to run in the games too.

Miniature golf family day [Photo]

Dawn and Grace Heston watch as Chris Heston putts his ball into the fourth hole during the 2010 Show-Me State Games miniature golf event Sunday at the Perche Creek Golf Club. Chris Heston said the family was out for an "an impromptu family day" and did not plan to play in the games, but they entered after a suggestion from a fellow miniature golfer.

Mini golf held at Perche Creek [Photo]

Samantha Coronado and Jessie Pfautz, both of Kansas City, play the Perche Creek miniature golf course as part of the 2010 Show-Me State Games on Saturday. They came to Columbia so Pfautz could compete in the Show-Me State Games' Track competition, but because Coronado was not participating, they decided to go out and play an event together. "I didn't want her to be bored," Pfautz said, and Coronado completed: "— so I picked mini golf."

Fun at mini golf [Photo]

Jessie Pfautz reacts to a missed putt during the 2010 Show-Me State Games miniature golf competition Saturday at the Perche Creek Golf Club. Pfautz, who is from Kansas City and participated in the track and field events this weekend, was not too concerned about her misfortunes in golf. "I already got one medal, so I'm not going to be disappointed about this," she said.

Missed putt [Photo]

Jon Harrison finds himself unsatisfied after missing a putt, but he and friend John Fitzgibbons take their misfortunes in good stride during the 2010 Show-Me State Games miniature golf event Sunday at the Perche Creek Golf Club. Fitzgibbons was last year's gold medalist in the event, "but I don't think there's a medal in my future," he said.

Shoeless shot put [Photo]

Vern Scheue, 78, of Lake St. Louis, throws shoeless in the shot put competition during the Show-Me State Games track and field events Sunday at Walton Stadium.

Long jumping at the Show-Me State Games [Photo]

Dave Manke, 40, of O’Fallon, leaps into the sand pit in the long jump competition during the Show-Me State Games track and field events Sunday at Walton Stadium.

Hurdles at the Show-Me State Games [Photo]

Joseph Holland, 18, of Hannibal, blows away the competition, finishing first in short hurdles during the Show-Me State Games track and field events Sunday at Walton Stadium.

Fellowship of Christian Cowboys conducts service at Boone County Fair [Photo]

Jim Smith of Grandview Baptist Church leads a Fellowship of Christian Cowboys service Sunday during the Boone County Fair. Smith said the group mostly serves people from rural Missouri who might not attend a nearby church.

Learning to draw in Moving Ahead program [Photo]

Callie Hansen, a volunteer at the Columbia Housing Authority Moving Ahead program, teaches Celeste Hodges, 10, how to draw a rose Tuesday at the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center in Columbia. Children in the program hang their artwork on the walls of the center for decoration.

Working on math problems in Moving Ahead program [Photo]

Darius Burse, 8, of the Columbia Housing Authority Moving Ahead program practices working math problems Tuesday at the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center in Columbia. Children in the program spend an hour of each day working with tutors. Program coordinator Carroll Zu-Bolton said the program is academically focused even in the summer.

Learning about cave formation at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park [Photo]

Meredith Donaldson, a volunteer at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia, teaches children in the Columbia Housing Authority Moving Ahead program about cave formation on Wednesday. The children put their hands in to simulate the layers found in sedimentary rock like that found at the park.

Examining a bat from Devil's Icebox [Photo]

James Hayes, 9, of the Columbia Housing Authority Moving Ahead program examines a preserved bat Wednesday before going into the Devil’s Icebox cave at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia. Meredith Donaldson, a state park volunteer, told children in the program that two species of bats live in the Devil’s Icebox: gray bats and Indiana bats.

Moving Ahead participants snack at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park [Photo]

Children in the Columbia Housing Authority’s Moving Ahead program eat celery and peanut butter Wednesday at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia. Staff serve healthy snacks at the start of every Moving Ahead session.

Show-Me State Games youth disc golf tournament [Video]

Disc golf enthusiasts, Marck Schneider and Karalyn Lowen joined Karalyn’s son Jack Lowen, age 8, as he competed in his first disc golf tournament on Saturday in the Show-Me State Games at Albert-Oakland Park. “He could have chosen Game Boy or disc golf. Thankfully, he chose disc golf,” Schneider said.

Bowling at the Show-Me State Games [Video]

The adult and senior divisions in the Show-Me State Games bowling event took place on Saturday at AMF Town & Country Lanes in Columbia.

Mud trucks get rained out [Photo]

Josh Garrison drives his mud truck back up on the trailer with assistance from his uncle after Saturday's races at the Boone County Fair were postponed. Garrison drove two hours from Steeleville to compete in the side-by-side mud racing event. "No we have to drive two hours back," he said. "A long ride for rain. Oh well."

Saturday at Boone County Fair 2010 [Photo]

A view of the Boone County Fair from the Ferris wheel on Saturday. Despite the heat and humidity, the Boone County Fair had many visitors, with featured events such as the Baby Girls Contest and the Youth Fun Horse and Pony Show.

Saturday at the Boone County Fair [Slideshow]

Events at the Boone County Fair on Saturday included the Baby Girls Contest and the Youth Fun Horse and Pony Show.

SMSG gymnastics [Photo]

Ally Sucher, 14, completes her floor routine at the Show-Me State Games gymnastic competition on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Sucher is a retired gymnast. "After a certain age, usually 14 or 15, your body starts to deteriorate and that's when gymnasts usually retire," said coach and fellow teammate Kristin Rugen. Retired gymnasts from the South County Twisters decided to participate in the Show-Me State Games recreationally and to promote the team atmosphere to their pupils.
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