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Finishing a floor routine [Photo]

Ally Sucher, 14, completes her floor routine at the Show-Me State Games gymnastic competition on Saturday. 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.

Stretching before the competition [Photo]

Gymnasts stretch between the sanctioned competition and the team competition during the Show-Me State Games on Saturday. There were over one hundred participants in the gymnastics competition on Saturday.

Queen's court at Boone County Fair parade [Photo]

The Boone County Fair Queen's Court waives and throws candy to people on the street during the parade Saturday. Members of the court from left to right: Amy Wilsdorf, 2010 Boone County Fair Queen; Lily Williams, second runner-up; Michele Love, first runner-up; and Rashall Westhoelter, 2009 Boone County Fair Queen.

Warming up [Photo]

Becca Avena, 18, and Nikki Werner, 17, warm up for their floor routine on Saturday at the Show-Me State Games gymnastics competition. Avena and Werner are both retired gymnasts who now coach for the South County Twisters. The Twister's team was primarily made up of coaches for this meet. "We love the sport and this is a really fun meet," said fellow coach Kristin Rugen.

Baby Girls contest at the Boone County Fair [Photo]

Nichole Batson holds her baby, Brooklynn Batson, who is nearly 12 months old, during the judging of the infant's division in the Baby Girls Contest at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. The baby girls were judged based on their appearance and personality.

Diving for the kickball [Photo]

Scott Hicks, left-center fielder for the Rad Tank Tops, dives to catch a fly ball during the finals of Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park. Both teams seemed impressed by Hicks’ successful play, which yielded cheers from around the field.

Making a pitch [Photo]

Dre West, pitcher for the St. Louis Big Ballers, pitches the ball in the first round finals against the Rad Tank Tops on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park.

Jump for the catch [Photo]

As Edith Lopez runs to make sure her teammate has support, Josh Dillon, of Columbia, third baseman for team Revolution, leaps to catch a line drive during Revolution's game against the Rad Tank Tops in Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park. The Rad Tank Tops defeated Revolution five to two, eliminating them from the tournament.

Forcing an out [Photo]

Tony Rudolph reaches to catch a ball, beating the runner and forcing an out at first base, during the finals of Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park.

Handing the baton [Photo]

Brandon Wadlington hands his baton off to teammate Jordan Brewer, both of Springfield, in the 4 x 400 meter race during the Show-Me-State Games Track and Field Saturday at Walton Stadium. Wadlington and Brewer, along with teammates Tyler Manes and Lyndon Heard, finished first in the 13- and 14-year-old boys division with a time of 4:19.

Sliding to safety [Photo]

Ryan Anderson, of the St. Louis Big Ballers, narrowly evades a ball thrown at him while sliding into home plate during the finals of Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park. The Rad Tank Tops defeated the Big Ballers in the first round of the finals but lost in the second round with a score of eight to two, giving the gold to the St. Louis Big Ballers.

Track race [Photo]

Whitney Enyart leads a pack of runners in the 9- and 10-year-old girls 1500 meter race during the Show-Me-State Games Track and Field Saturday at Walton Stadium. Trailing Enyart, who finished 4th, are Gracy Reeter, 5th, white singlet, and Grace Teddy, 3rd.

Raising the bar [Photo]

David Ludeman, 14, of St. Louis, clears the bar set at a height of 4 foot 8 inches in the boys high jump during the Show-Me-State Games Track and Field Saturday at Walton Stadium. Ludeman finished 4th in his division with a top height of 5 feet.

Kicking during the finals [Photo]

Drew Roper, of the Rad Tank Tops, kicks during the finals of Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields of Cosmopolitan Park.

Long jump [Photo]

Hannah Jones, 11, of Chillicothe, leaps into the sand pit for the 11- and 12-year-old girls long jump during the Show-Me-State Games Track and Field events Saturday at Walton Stadium.

Fleeing the storm [Photo]

As strong winds blow dust from softball fields, players and fans attending various Show-Me State Games events on Saturday flee the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park to avoid the torrential storm that hit minutes later.

Buying peaches [Photo]

Beverly Lewis, center, buys peaches from Brad Toellner, left, and his mother Sharron, right, of Bell Fruit Farm on Saturday at the Boone County Farmers Market. "Well, I eat over the kitchen sink and let the juice dribble down my chin," Lewis said. "It really is the best way to eat a peach."

Bell Fruit Farm peaches for sale [Photo]

Sharron Toellner and her son Brad sell peaches from their farm, Bell Fruit Farm in Boonville, on Saturday morning at the Boone County Farmers Market. This was the first batch of Red Haven peaches from the farm, harvested Friday. "These are the early ones," Brad Toellner said. "Some are not quite ripe yet."

More peaches to sell [Photo]

Russ Walker buys a box of peaches from Diane Knutson, a volunteer seller with Peach Tree Farm, on Saturday at the Boone County Farmers Market. "I'm just going to eat them," Walker said when asked about his plans for all his peaches. He looked at his box and clarified, "Well, my family and friends are."

Playing at the spraygrounds [Photo]

Shannon Patterson plays with Gabriella and Lillian Bonge, both 22 months, at Stephens Lake Park on Thursday. Patterson started "comokidsfun.com," a site to help parents with family events and play dates. "It's nice to meet other parents who've got kids the same age," said Mary Bonge, mother of Lillian and Gabriella.
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