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Carrying the crown [Photo]

Isabel Nichols is greeted by her parents, Adam and Jenny, during the final round of the Boone County Fair Cutest Baby Girl Contest on Thursday.

Boone County Fair baby contest [Photo]

More than 90 baby girls competed in this years Boone County Cutest Baby Competition. Screaming grandparents, siblings and fathers lit the room up with cheers for their young ones.

Punching practice [Photo]

Luis Duran practices his punches against a punching bad at Dojo Studio on July 20, 2009. Duran is preparing for a match in August.

Kickboxer and trainer [Photo]

Luis Duran, left, practices with trainer Bill Rastorfer at Dojo Studio on July 20, 2009. Duran has been working with Rastorfer for seven months.

Kickboxer in training [Photo]

Luis Duran shadowboxes at Dojo Studio on July 20, 2009. Duran is preparing for a match in August.

Fiddler's Frolic [Video]

Fiddlers from the Boone County area perform as members of the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers and audience members dance along at the Boone County Fair on Wednesday night.

Carnival games [Photo]

A group of people play carnival games during wristband night at the Boone County Fair on Wednesday. Wristband night is the most popular evening at the carnival, many more people come out to experience the carnival rides on wristband night because the wristband costs only $10 for unlimited rides until 10 p.m.

Carnival lights up the fair [Video]

Prize goats, pageants, tractor pulls and country cured ham competitions are all popular events at the Boone County Fair. One of the more popular evenings at the fair this year was wristband night on Wednesday. It was an evening when families, lovers and friends could get together for an inexpensive evening of adrenaline, fair games and good family fun.

PACE's 'West Side Story' [Slideshow]

The Performing Arts in Children’s Education theater group on Thursday is to debut its version of "West Side Story." This is the group's second musical for 2009. The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in Jesse Hall Auditorium.

Scrubbing the wool [Photo]

Ashley McKinlay-Remus, 17, scrubs down Agneaux, a market lamb, before entering the Junior Market Lamb competition at the Boone County Fair on Tuesday. Though Agneaux did not place, she will be auctioned along with the rest of the competing field during the Junior Livestock Auction at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Dad's work is never done [Photo]

Chad West of Hallsville does touch-up shearing on his son's lamb before the Junior Market Lamb competition on Tuesday at the Boone County Fair. Lambs are shorn the day of the event, and washed and groomed prior to entry.

Raising meat goats [Video]

Although Jeff and Glenda DeShon share decades of farming experience between them, this is only the second year they have been raising goats. Hoping to take advantage of spare pasture lands and the growing popularity of goat meat, the Columbia couple started their venture with 26 goats. They now have 120 head of the bleating, charismatic animals and have learned a lot along the way.

Tyler Martin shows ewe at Junior Sheep Show [Photo]

Tyler Martin, 17, shows a dorset ewe at the Boone County Fair's Junior Breeding Sheep Show on Wednesday morning. Chad Price, an FFA instructor from Marshall, was the judge and announcer for the show.

Kody Walters holds down his sheep [Photo]

Kody Walters, 8, from Centralia 4-H, holds down his sheep during the Boone County Fair Junior Breeding Sheep Show on Wednesday morning. It is Walters' first year showing sheep.

First-year shower carries awards [Photo]

Kody Walters, 8, from Centralia 4-H, carries awards he won during the Boone County Fair Junior Breeding Sheep Show on Wednesday morning. It is Walters' first year showing sheep.

Ewes wait to be shown [Photo]

Two ewes stand waiting to be shown at the Boone County Fair's Junior Breeding Sheep Show on Wednesday morning. A row of stalls, set up in the background, stand ready for the evening's fair.

Cyclists arrive at hotel Wednesday [Photo]

Max Patnoe, Matt Schmidt and Mike Keough arrive at their hotel in Columbia after riding from Sedalia that morning in the latest leg of their cross-country bike ride Wednesday. The participants in the "Journey of Hope" ride are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. The participants hope to raise money and promote public understanding of the issues facing disabled Americans.

Students rest after bicycle ride [Photo]

Iowa State student Francis Nguyen speaks to one of his fellow riders as they rest at the end of their day's ride from Sedalia to Columbia on Wednesday. The 22 cyclists and six crew members are participating in the cross-country ride as part of a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity service project.

Cyclists refuel [Photo]

Matt Schmidt, right, refills on calories with his fellow cyclists Wednesday after riding from Sedalia that morning in the latest leg of their cross-country bike journey to raise money and promote public understanding of the issues facing disabled Americans. The participants in the "Journey of Hope" ride are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Cyclists welcome fellow riders [Photo]

Mike Keough and Matt Schmidt welcome their fellow cross-country cyclists arriving at their hotel Wednesday in Columbia after riding from Sedalia that morning. The participants in the "Journey of Hope" ride are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity who are raising money and participating in service projects to promote public understanding of the issues facing disabled Americans.
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