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And they're off [Photo]

Emcee Tim Hart, also known as "Professor Swinehart," announces Steve Gault as "Brother Elroy" at the beginning of the Hedrick's Racing Pigs show on Thursday at the Boone County Fair. Hart has been announcing the show for 15 years, a position he says he got after answering a classified ad.

David Mountjoy Triathlon [Photo]

David Mountjoy, the director of clinic operations for University Hospital, trains for the running portion of the Show-Me State Games triathlon on Friday, July 9, 2010. Mountjoy either wears a belt that holds a jug of water, or he plans a run that includes a stop by a water fountain. Mountjoy said, "It's real easy to get dehydrated out here."

TrainingforTriathlon [Photo]

David Mountjoy, the director of clinic operations for University Hospital, trains on Friday, July 9, 2010, for the running portion of the Show-Me State Games triathlon, held on July 25. The triathlon consists of a half-mile swim followed by a 19-mile bike ride and a 5K run.

Disc golf [Graphic]

The Show Me State Games' disc golf competition takes place at 10 a.m. on July 24 at Albert Oakland Park.

Losing the training wheels [Video]

Visiting Columbia for the first time, Lose the Training Wheels taught a camp of 13 participants with special needs how ride conventional two-wheel bicycles. The camp ran from Monday ending on Friday, during which participants pedaled for 75 minutes each day.

Learning to ride a conventional bike [Photo]

From left, volunteer Michelle Lowery walks behind Blake Hinkel, and volunteer Andrew Craver walks behind Alex Harvey as the two children ride roller-bikes in Gentry Middle School on Monday. They are taking part in the Lose the Training Wheels program, which holds week-long classes to teach people with disabilities how to ride conventional, two-wheel bicycles.

Lose the Training Wheel [Photo]

Nick Llorens rides a two-wheel bicycle as Larry Simonson runs behind him at Gentry Middle School on Wednesday. Llorens is a participant in the Lose the Training Wheels program which partnered with the PedNet Coalition. This is the first time that the national program has visited Columbia.

Water cart in Mongolia [Photo]

A local water cart carrier in Bayankhongor, Mongolia. Outside of the biggest cities, only apartment dwellers having running water, so Mongolians who live in gers or houses purchase water by the liter from carriers.

Ger in Mongolia [Photo]

Bayar hangs wool blankets on the ger frame to provide insulation. With the help of their Mongolian family, the Burdens put their home together in a few hours.

Family Fun Fest [Slideshow]

Columbia Parks and Recreation hosted Family Fun Fest: Dancing in the Streets at Flat Branch Park on Wednesday evening.

Learning to handle meat [Photo]

A student prepares to do a French cut on a rack of lamb at Ryan Farr's butcher class in San Francisco. Sophisticated urbanites in San Francisco and other cities are signing up for classes where they learn how to carve up whole hogs and lambs, the latest trend among foodies who want a closer connection to the meat on their forks.

Learning to butcher [Photo]

Ryan Farr, center, helps Kelly McAlearney, left, cut up a section of a lamb at his butcher class in San Francisco, Tuesday earlier this summer. Sophisticated urbanites in San Francisco and other cities are signing up for classes where they learn how to carve up whole hogs and lambs, the latest trend among foodies who want a closer connection to the meat on their forks.

Balloon store prepares for fair's opening [Photo]

Right before the opening of the Boone County Fair, Melaney Lee blows up the last few balloons for the Balloon Store on Wednesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

The Ferris wheel [Photo]

A waxing moon shines through a Ferris wheel at the 64th Annual Boone County Fair Wednesday night. The fair runs through Sunday, July 31.

Preparing for the gown portion [Photo]

Michele Love prepares for the Evening Gown Judging and On-Stage Question portion of the Boone County Fair Queen 2010 competition Wednesday night. Love was selected as a finalist.

Adapted golf clinic gives lessons [Photo]

Gretchen Maune, who is legally blind, tries putting while instructor Jim Williams, right, gives her guidance during an adapted golf clinic on Wednesday at the Perche Creek Golf Club.

Winning the crown [Photo]

Moments after being coronated Miss Boone County Fair Queen 2010, Melinda Houttuin, 20, smiles for a cheering crowd. Houttuin won her first pageant title at 15, Miss Missouri High School Rodeo Queen, and has won several titles since. In August, she will compete in Miss Missouri State Fair Queen. In the future, she hopes to compete in Miss USA and Miss Universe.

Legally blind golfer tees off [Photo]

Justin Cobb, who is legally blind, takes a few practice shots on Wednesday at an adapted golf clinic at the Perche Creek Golf Club. A group of occupational therapy students at MU organized the clinic to teach the basics of the sport to people with impaired vision.

A picture backstage [Photo]

Lily Williams, 19, poses backstage at the Boone County Fair Queen competition for her mother, Tammy Waltz-Nowlin. Williams was later crowned second runner up. This is her second time competing.

Adapted golf clinic helps visually impaired [Photo]

Jack Knowsel, 14, right, rattles the flag for Jim Pelfrey as Kaycie Berhorst assists Pelfrey with his posture at an adapted golf clinic Wednesday at the Perche Creek Golf Club. The clinic, put on by occupational therapy students at MU, gave eight people with impaired vision a chance to try golf.
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