July 27, 2009
Derby participant Trevor Howard revs his car's engine before the start of the 2009 demolition derby at the Boone County Fair.
Randy Calvert from Harrisburg out of his burning car during a final heat of the Boone County Fair Demolition Derby. Calvert had previously won the stock car heat.
Nigerians of the Yoruba ethnic group, from places such as Kansas City and St. Louis, met to celebrate their culture at the American Legion post in Columbia on Saturday.
Women of the mid-Missouri Nigerian cultural organization, Egbe Omo Oduduwa, serve various African dishes during their annual celebration at the American legion. Joni Koyejo, is married to a Nigerian and wears the traditional headdress. "The girls fix me up every year," Koyejo said.
Becky Oyelola dances during the Egbe Omo Oduduwa celebration on Saturday. A live band from Houston known as the African Homebeats played at the event.
Tajudeen "TJ" Soyoye, Becky Oyelola and Juliet Ogungbade sing and dance during a live band performance at the annual celebration of mid-Missouri's Nigerian cultural association, Egbe Omo Oduduwa. This year marked the tenth year of the organization.
Boone County Sheriff's Department detective Tracy Perkins presents a coaster to Gov. Jay Nixon in the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where Nixon appeared to announce grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime on Monday.
Boone County Sheriff's Department detective Andy Anderson introduces Gov. Jay Nixon at the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where Nixon appeared to announce grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime on Monday.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks to Boone County law enforcement in the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where he announced grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime, on Monday. Nixon chuckled as he recalled how the first Missouri cyber crime search warrant was signed at a barn on the hood of a truck because the judge was working at his farm that day.
Mary Bittle is a second-floor resident of Oak Towers on Garth Avenue. The Columbia Housing Authority applied for two stimulus grants to improve the Towers for ADA renovations.
The Bubbas — Boys Using Bass, Beat And Sound — is composed of Patrick Henry, Christian Henry and Jason Mathews. The group placed second in the Boone County Fair Band Talent show.
The crowd at the Boone County Fair Band Talent show cheers for the first band, Parker Hall. This year, the winners were chosen based on judges' marks as well as on audience cheers.
July 26, 2009
Jimmie Johnson crosses the start/finish line on his way to winning the NASCAR Allstate 400 on Sunday at the Brickyard auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.
Ellen Scipione races in the women's mountain biking competition Sunday in the Show-Me State Games at Rock Bridge State Park.
Kevin Bonney, left, Spencer Lowden, center, and Tanner Czaicki start biking Sunday in the Show-Me-State Games mountain biking competition. Lowden, who races with his family, crashed into a tree and did not finish.
Melissa Williamson mounts Rocky, a horse at Wildwood Stables, before a class on Saturday evening at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Before a show she gets nervous, but the excitement of the show usually settles her down.
Melissa Williamson rides Rocky in preparation for the Society Horse Show on Saturday at the Boone County Fair.
Melissa Williamson rides Rocky, a horse at Wildwood Stables, in Hallsville on Saturday evening at the Boone County Fair Society Horse Show. Williamson has her own horse, but because of her expertise she also rides other horses in the barn.
Melissa Williamson, a 14 year-old from Hallsville, gains confidence and experience by riding horses. She spent the entire weekend taking care of horses and competing at the 63rd annual Boone County Fair Society Horse Show.
David Douglas, center, beams after winning the 2009 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike contest late Saturday at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Douglas, a 55-year-old Cypress, Texas, mechanical contractor, won the contest that chooses the man that best emulates Ernest Hemingway. Douglas, who won after eight tries, is surrounded by previous Hemingway look-alike winners. The event was a highlight of the six-day Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, honoring the author who lived in Key West in the 1930s.