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Families show support for Roots 'n Blues runners [Photo]

Aubrey Sanders, 8, Katya Johnson, 5, Ainsley Sanders, 5, Chris Sanders and Lanny Johnson, 10, eagerly wait for Kristyn Sanders and Jackie Johnson to finish the Roots 'N Blues Half Marathon and 10K Saturday morning. The rain couldn't keep families from supporting the runners.

Lumberjack [Photo]

Marissa Jo Daniel, a senior at Missouri, will represent the university at the Regional Collegiate competition in Carbondale, Ill, this weekend

Roots 'N Blues holds half marathon [Photo]

Runners break from the starting line of the Roots 'N Blues Half Marathon, which took place at 7 a.m. Saturday despite rainy conditions. A 10K race was also held.

MU Football - Gerau [Photo]

Missouri's Brandon Gerau tries to get through the Nevada defense on Friday night in Reno, Nevada. The Tigers beat the Wolfpack 31-21.

The Bel Airs - Pruitt Brothers [Photo]

Dave Pruitt (left) and Dick Pruitt (right) of The Bel Airs sing during a performance on the community stage at Flat Branch Park during the first nght of the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival.

The Bel Airs - Drummer Cherry [Photo]

Drummer Michael Cherry of The Bel Airs performs on the community stage at Flat Branch Park during the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival.

The Bel Airs - Pruitt [Photo]

Dave Pruitt of The Bel Airs performs on the community stage at Flat Branch Park during the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival on Friday night.

Roots 'N Blues - BelAirs [Photo]

Dave Pruitt of The Bel Airs performs on the community stage at Flat Branch Park during the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival on Friday night.

Missouri High Steppers [Slideshow]

The third annual Roots 'N 'Blues 'N BBQ Festival opened on Friday with a parade and performance by the Mid-Missouri Highsteppers.

The Highsteppers, whose members range in age from 8 to their teens, are a drill squad led by drillmaster Tyrone Raybon.

"What we're trying to do is build self-esteem, pride, commitment, all those things," said assistant drillmaster Kirby Marks. "And we make sure we put in the structure of discipline and dedication, and then we try to implement that into the classroom as well. So these kids here, they're what we would call the select number that made it through the cut."

MU v Nevada - Danario Alexander [Photo]

Missouri's Danario Alexander scores a touchdown past the Nevada defense during Friday night's 31-21 win in Reno, Nevada.

Abandoned Bus [Photo]

An abandoned bus at University of Nevada-Reno brings more questions than answers.

High-Steppers Parade [Photo]

Rolando Barry leads the Mid-Missouri Highsteppers down Cherry Street in the New Belgium Brewing Co. bike parade on Friday evening.

Ready to pop [Photo]

Sammy Stidham of Columbia gets ready to pour a fresh batch of kettle corn into a drum at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Cherry Street on Friday.

Popping the corn [Photo]

Sammy Stidham pours a fresh batch of kettle corn from the popper into the cooling copper drum to be bagged in preparation for the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Friday. Stidham pops the corn in hot oil and sugar and his wife Dee salts the popped corn and bags it to be sold.

Showing the way [Photo]

Josh Berneking, right, of Logic Systems Sounds and Lighting Inc., works with Heith Furtangler of MSA Productions/B&M Stage Productions to prepare the sound for the stage at Eighth and Locust on Friday. Berneking began as a disc jockey at 18 and progressed into live audio engineering. "I'm just really into music," he said.

Adjusting the sound [Photo]

Andrew Beer, with Logic Systems Sound & Lighting Inc., makes sound adjustments for the stage at the intersection of Eighth and Locust on Friday. This is the first year that Logic Systems, located in St. Louis, has taken part in the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival.

Ready to roll [Photo]

Microphones wait as the crew of MSA Productions/B&M Stage Productions prepare the stage in Peace Park on Friday. The company, which is co-owned by Bob Reeves, has worked every Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. This year it is providing all the sound and power for the event.

Blocking the event site [Photo]

A stage for the Roots 'N Blues BBQ Festival is complete on Locust Street on Friday. Roads began closing Friday morning in preparation for the festival that takes place Friday night from 5:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Preping the meat [Photo]

Allen James prepares chicken at his booth on the corner of Cherry Street and Fifth Street Friday. James is a member of team Smokin’ O’s and will compete in tomorrow’s Roots 'N Blues BBQ competition.

Testing the temperature [Photo]

Gary Walkup checks the temperature of his hamburgers on Friday on Fifth Street. Walkup is a member of the team Belly Brothers and will compete in the Roots 'N Blues BBQ competition.
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