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Popcorn professional [Photo]

Dee Stidham of Columbia cooks Kettle Corn at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. Bags of the sweet popcorn sold for $5.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' Balloons [Photo]

From left, Clinton and Laurie Painter hand balloons to their children Jeffrey and Brooke Painter at the Susan G. Komen tent at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday night.

Friendly competitors [Photo]

Paul Dunn and team members of Dunn Up BBQ and Bugs-B-Que have a toast of "Apple Pie" on Friday night at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

Preparing meat [Photo]

George Lynn of Memphis, Tenn., prepares meat for the grill. Lynn competed with the Crispy Critters group at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival barbecue competition.

Flat Branch Park tunes [Photo]

Members of the John D'Agostino band perform on the stage in Flat Branch Park during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

Tammy Pryor BBQ [Photo]

Barb Sonderman enjoys her BBQ meal she bought at the Tammy Pryor BBQ stand during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday afternoon.

Potato chips [Photo]

Potato chips were fried while customers waited at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ at Peace Park [Photo]

Aubrey and Lori Ghent perform at the Peace Park stage.

James "Slim" Hand [Photo]

James "Slim" Hand performs on Friday at the 8th and Cherry streets stage downtown at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. He has played country music for more than 40 years and has appeared at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.

Enjoying a barbecue meal [Photo]

Barb Sonderman enjoys the barbecue meal she bought at the Tammy Pryor barbecue stand during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday afternoon.

Vendors sell more than barbecue [Photo]

Besides barbecue, some vendors offer real potato chips — potatoes sliced and fried in front of your eyes.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' Tambourine [Photo]

Shannon Diaz plays her tambourine at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival rehearsal on Friday afternoon. Diaz is a member of the band The Record Collector.

Practicing her tunes [Photo]

Andrea Kanevsky practices her tunes at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival rehearsal on Friday afternoon. Kanevsky is a member of the band The Record Collector.

Pumpkin Fling [Video]

MU Engineering Ambassadors helped kids at the Columbia Farmer’s Market fling pumpkins and watermelons on Saturday. Student engineers built a special catapult for the event. Engineering Recruitment Coordinator Laura Forbes also describes the day’s carnage.

1003hickmanpic [Photo]

Strong safety Quan Hord Bush runs the ball down the field but was unsuccessful in scoring Friday night in Hickman's 41-0 loss to Rockhurst at Robert M. LeMone Field.

1003rockbridgepic [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Jason Carmichael goes after Helias's offense in a 45-13 loss Friday at Helias High.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ kicks off [Video]

For a $250 ticket, festival goers on Friday evening received unlimited access to food, beer and backstage passes at this weekend’s second annual Roots ‘N Blues N’ BBQ Festival. Entertainment filled downtown Columbia for a musical lineup that included performances by country singer James Hand and the Second Missionary Baptist Church. Attendees ate their fill of local barbecue, served hot out of make-shift tents and mobile restaurants that decorated the streets. Blankets, beer and pink balloons set the scene as people applauded and chattered as the day came to an end. Festivities lasted well into the night, coming to a close around 11 p.m.

Trying for a sustainable lifestyle [Photo]

Jennifer Enders and Brett Wilbanks pick a bowl of Vidalia onions at the Farmers Market in Columbia. The couple does not own a car and eat locally grown foods almost exclusively.

Paul A. Albert [Photo]

Paul A. Albert at the Gasconade River near Lebanon when he was about 21 years old.

The Albert family [Photo]

Paul Albert and his family circa 1962.

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