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Family members follow sermon [Photo]

Steven Petrie, 25, the son of founding pastors Eric and Linda Petrie, and Rajah Petrie, 2, their grandson, follow along during the sermon at God's Creation Worship Center on Sunday.

Working for a laugh [Photo]

No Content member Shannon Kirk, left, and DeeDee Folkerts work their way through a series of improvised scenes with the help of a Styrofoam prop. Every new attempt to make the audience laugh is a new risk, but most succeed in the end. “You could fall flat on your face, literally,” Folkerts said, “and that might be funny.”

Fourth of July on the Hinkson [Slideshow]

The Hinkson Creek meandered in the background as Hinkson neighborhood residents gathered to celebrate July 4 at Columbia musician Sutu Fortes' home. The backyard concert and smell of barbecue drew neighbors in. Rain showers stopped the party for the few minutes it took to move the amps, guitars and piano back into a soon-to-be-crowded living room.

The crowning of the Boone County Fair Queen [Video]

Rashall Westhoelter was crowned queen at the Boone County Fair Royalty Competition on Monday night. This was Westhoelter's third bid for the crown.

The crowning of a queen [Photo]

Rashall Westhoelter, right, was crowned queen at the Boone County Fair Royalty Competition on Monday night. This was Westhoelter's third bid for the crown. Emily Reinbott, left, was the second runner-up in the competition.

Zipline offers new adventure for Missouri tourists [Photo]

Emily Beaty, 16, smiles as she passes overhead on a zipline at Eagle Falls Ranch Zipline Adventures in Eminence, Mo. Beaty visited the attraction while on vacation with her family from Memphis, Tenn.

Zipline owner instructs users [Photo]

Brandon Atchison listens as Eagle Falls Ranch Zipline Adventures owner Shawn Nye explains how he should hold the pulley with one hand while using the other to brake as he slides down the zipline in Eminence, Mo.

Albino Deer stands out [Photo]

An albino deer in Sharon Kinden's backyard makes a rare appearance.

Missouri offers zipline fun [Photo]

Visitors to Eagle Falls Ranch Zipline Adventures in Eminence, Mo., prepare for their next zipline slide after climbing up a narrow walkway to the launch platform. Some participants reported that the trip up the walkway was scarier than the zipline ride.

Zipline participants must wear protective gear [Photo]

Helmets and protective leather gloves sit at the ready for zipline participants at Eagle Falls Ranch Zipline Adventures in Eminence, Mo.

Phoenix facility under way [Photo]

Dan McCord, a representative for Fisher Environmental Controls, stands in what will be the education room of Phoenix Programs' new administrative and residential facility in Columbia, on Wednesday. The construction of the facility, which is expected to open in the late fall, is mainly funded by grants and private donations.

Holding on to memories [Photo]

Phoenix Program Director of Clinical Services James Kimbro explains the meaning behind the name plate he is contributing to the time capsule that will be placed in the addiction treatment center's new building as the center's executive director Deborah Beste listens on in the background on Wednesday. The new building on the north side of Columbia will house Phoenix Programs' administrative offices as well as residential facilities for the program's clients.

Carnival ride assembly begins [Photo]

Andre Radyn and brothers Kevin and Chris Botha assemble a section of a carnival ride at the Boone County Fairgounds. Lowery Carnival Company employs about 40 South Africans who travel from town to town in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Louisiana working at small summer fairs and festivals.

Boone County Fair features educational petting zoo [Photo]

A baby zebra grazes next to a pygmy donkey at the Hedrick's Educational Petting Zoo at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Setting up the fair [Photo]

Lowery Carnival Company employee Michael Washington executes a quick pull-up as he helps to assemble the Expo Wheel ride at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Washington is a South African citizen who is spending his summer working for the amusement company, traveling from town to town in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Lowery Carnival Company travels from town to town [Photo]

Lowery Carnival Company employee Michael Washington helps to assemble the Expo Wheel ride at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Washington is a South African citizen who is spending his summer working for the amusement company, traveling from town to town in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Carnival employees prepare for opening [Photo]

The Expo Wheel ride sits half-assembled at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Lowery Carnival Company employees worked throughout the day to ensure that the rides for the county fair were completed before its official opening at 4 p.m. on Monday.

In the bathroom salon [Photo]

Emily Reinbott, 19, prepares for the queen portion of the Boone County Royalty Competition during the county fair Monday. Her sister Molly Reinbott, left, and fellow competitor Lily Williams, 18, help with her hair in a women's restroom.

Fair competitors prepare hair [Photo]

Former Boone County Princess Madison Baker, 10, speaks to Little Miss competitor Elizabeth Edgar, 5, before the Boone County Fair Royalty Competition on Monday. Elizabeth's mom, Julia Edgar, helps with her hair as Ashlei Wilson, a member of the competition committee, does her own hair.

Former Mr. Boone County listens to queen hopeful [Photo]

Cole Nowlin, 7, last year's Mr. Boone County waits as his sister, Lily Williams, 18, practices her song for the talent portion of the queen competition at the Boone County Fair on Monday.
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