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A Sitrex hay rake sits among a cluster of equipment at the Boone County Fair.

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Samantha Doubell fills up the machine gun game at the Boone County Fair on Monday. Doubell travels with the "Machine Gun" booth but is originally from South Africa. "I like to travel all the time," Doubell said of her trip to Columbia. "I don't want to be stuck in one place."

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Suzanne Mitchell puts up prizes in her balloon bus before the official opening of the Boone County Fair on Monday. Mitchell's family has been in the carnival business for three generations. She travels to fairs across the Midwest in warm months and does concessions for Mardi Gras every February.

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Camels and ponies are available for rides at Hedrick's petting Zoo at the Boone County Fair.

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Dozens of cured hams were set on display at the Boone County Fair Ham Show. The fair opened to the public Monday with carnival rides, a goat show and a fair queen pageant.

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Timothy Nowlin, 6, of Centralia, delivers a speech during the Little Mister Boone County Fair Contest. Nowlin won the competition.

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Brianna Gould, left, and Hope Crane wait for their turns to answer questions in the Little Miss Boone County Fair competition.

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Shannon Fentiman, 6, of Centralia, is crowned Little Miss Boone County Fair. Fentiman beat out eight other girls for the title.

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Dawn Sherill, a pageant contestant from Columbia, tunes her guitar backstage before performing in the Boone County Fair Queen competition Monday night.

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Raine McCray of Columbia finishes up her dance routine during the talent portion of the Boone Count Fair Queen competition July 21 at the fairgrounds.

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Vicky Sapp, left, helps her daughter Morgan prepare her hair backstage for the evening gown segment of the Boone County Fair Queen competition on July 21.

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Lauren Nichols of Ashland delivers a speech about her hometown during the talent portion of the Boone County Fair Queen Competition July 21.

Boone County Fair crowns queen [Photo]

Ally Walker, right, of Ashland, gets a hug from 2007 Boone County Fair Queen Sarah Carlisle after being announced as the 2008 Boone County Fair Queen on Monday night at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Fair food favorites [Video]

The Boone County Fair offers a variety of concession from cotton candy to pork burgers. Fair goers and vendors share their favorite foods and give tips on what not to miss.

Peach crop is promising at the Columbia Farmers’ Market [Photo]

Ronda and Randy Thiessen of Sandy Creek Farm arrange peaches for sale. Sandy Creek Farm is located off of Highway 87 between New Franklin and Glasgow.

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Jacobs Orchard, located in Montgomery City, also had a more successful peach crop this year than last.

Fellowship of Christian Cowboys leads morning service at Boone County Fairgrounds [Photo]

John Gray , president of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, preaches during a church service in the arena at the Boone County Fairgrounds while Andrew Kretzschmar listens in the background Sunday.

Family strikes it big at Games [Photo]

Five-year-old Spencer Robarge of Springfield smiles after taking his turn Saturday in the Show-Me State Games' Parent/Grandparent and Child Doubles event.

Paquin Tower recreation program threatened by city budget cutbacks [Photo]

George Bonnell, a resident of Paquin Tower, paints a scene of a sailboat, dock and house using acrylic paints provided by the Parks and Recreation Department. Bonnell learned to paint four years ago through classes provided by at the residential center. He has also taken trips to Amish country and St. Louis.

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George Bonnell, a resident of Paquin, paints a scene of a sailboat using acrylic paints. Bonnell learned to paint four years ago through classes provided by the Parks and Recreation Department through the Adaptive Recreation Program.
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