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.

Queen competitor practices song [Photo]

Lily Williams, 18, of Hallsville, Mo., practices singing for the queen portion of the Boone County Fair Royalty Competition on Monday.

James Miller's exhibit [Photo]

James M. Miller, professor of theatre at MU, stands among several of his pieces from his exhibit, “Facing Home: Watercolors and Drawings from Mississippi” in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery on Thursday. His exhibit, which features portraits of people from a variety of races, social statuses and ages, will be available for viewing through August 6.

Taking the limelight [Photo]

DeeDee Folkerts, center, performs with the rest of No Content during a June 6 show at the Cherry Street Artisan. “What a great group of people,” says Folkerts of her fellow troupe members. “We have a lot of fun.”

2009 Boone County Fair parade [Video]

Images from the 2009 Boone County Fair parade.

2009 Urban Pioneer [Graphic]

Sixteen high school students were selected to participate in the 39th annual workshop. Together with University of Missouri students and industry professionals the students put out a publication about the economy.

Allison Frappier and her dog, Chip [Photo]

Allison Frappier, 12, poses with her dog Chip, a long-haired Chihuahua after winning best junior novice. This was her first time at the 4-H/FFA dog show.

An extreme home makeover [Photo]

Mary Sutton, 78, sits outside of her home on Alexander Ave. in Columbia, which will be the recipient of an "Extreme Home Makeover" courtesy of the Fairview Road Church of Christ. Sutton has lived in the house for 39 years.

County Fair horse shows begin [Photo]

Isabelle Smith, riding C.T.; Sadie Currey, riding Junior; and Torie Deckert, riding Sugar, compete in the Class 9 Western Pleasure event at the Boone County Horse Show.

Showing horses [Photo]

Victoria Vroman competes in the showmanship category of the horse shows at the Boone County Fair.

Horsing around at the County Fair [Photo]

Makayla Nadler shows off her horse in the showmanship competition at the horse shows at the Boone County Fair on Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Lynsie Curtis and "Mac" at the Calf Show [Photo]

Lynsie Curtis, 7, of Thompson handles "Mac" during the Junior Bucket Calf Show at the Boone County Fair on Sunday.

Junior Bucket Calf Show at the Boone County Fair [Photo]

From right, Haley Ray, 7, of Hallsville talks to her cow "Hot Trot," ahead of the Junior Bucket Calf Show at the Boone County Fair on Sunday. Zach Peck, 8, of Centralia pets "Molly" in the foreground, while Abigail Miller, 6, of Columbia waits with "Spotlight."

What's in a game? [Graphic]

The Show-Me-State Games, which kicked off on Friday, bring together athletes from a variety of sports. Though all the games are popular, they are not necessarily well known by the masses — and their names don’t always help. Disc golf doesn’t use clubs and pickleball isn’t about batting cucumbers.

Here is a primer on some of the games so that as players and fans gather in Columbia for the events, those not as familiar with the rules of the sport can get excited, or at least educated, too.

Out of the water, onto the bike [Photo]

Karen Knowles, 58, moves from the swimming portion to the bicycling portion of the Show-Me State Games triathlon on Sunday.

First stage of the Triathalon [Photo]

Karen Knowles, 58, No. 750, prepares to enter the water for the first of three legs of the Show-Me State Games triathlon on Sunday.

Preparing for the swim [Photo]

Karen Knowles, right, prepares for the start of the half-mile swimming portion of the Show-Me State Games triathlon on Sunday.