July 21, 2014
Stan Lynn, right, checks in Nolan Schnupp's cured ham at the Central Missouri Events Center on Sunday. Lynn has been working at the ham tagging station for years, and his own children have all entered hams before.
Phil Lakin places a ham on a table after it was checked in at the Central Missouri Events Center on Sunday. Lakin has been involved in 4-H Club and ham curing since he was a child.
The Crane and Hamilton families check in their hams at the Central Missouri Events Center on Sunday. There were five hams between them, and Brooke Crane, second from left, said the kids' favorite part of curing hams was getting their hands dirty.
Ryan Rounsavall carts her hams before checking them in at the Central Missouri Events Center on Sunday. Rounsavall won a blue ribbon two years ago, and she thinks her ham will do well this year.
On Sunday afternoon, both rookie and veteran ham curers brought their hams to check in for the 2014 Boone County Fair ham show. It was even a family event for some participants.
July 20, 2014
Todd Cowan stands by his bike at the Show-Me State Games duathlon event on Sunday. Cowan is legally blind, but he still stays active by running 5Ks and competing in duathlons, which consist of a 13-mile bike ride and 3-mile run. He set a personal record at Sunday's duathlon.
The Acton family participated for a second time in the Show-Me State Games 3-D archery competition Sunday morning.
Kyle Acton, 6, center, walks with his bow at the NOMO Bowhunters Club during the Show-Me State Games on Sunday. His father, Kevin Acton, practiced archery briefly when he was a child in 4-H Club, and as an adult he was inspired to pick up shooting again by his children's interest in the sport.
Haley Acton, 11, left, and brother Kyle Acton, 6, take a water break at the NOMO Bowhunters Club during the Show-Me State Games on Sunday. This was the second year the siblings competed.
Kevin and Haley Acton's bows rest on a post at the NOMO Bowhunters Club during the Show-Me State Games on Sunday. Bows can last a long time, and Haley Acton and her younger brother Kyle's bows can hold a various amount of pull weight, making it easier to keep the same bow as they grow.
Haley Acton, 11, aims her bow and arrow at a 3-D target at the NOMO Bowhunters Club during the Show-Me State Games on Sunday. Acton has been shooting since she was 8 years old, and she says her natural long nails never get in the way of shooting.
Kevin Acton, center, pulls an arrow that his son, Kyle Acton, 6, left, stuck in the 3-D target at the NOMO Bowhunters Club during the Show-Me State Games on Sunday. The fake animals have target rings in one place on their body, and each section of the target has a different score value.
Maggie Yoest attempts to restrain her golden retriever mix, Saffron, during the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia's animal blessing service on Sunday. Saffron is the third dog Yoest and her husband have owned who is named after a spice; Cinnamon and Ginger preceded her.
Fran Reynolds' dogs Toby and Maggie sniff at Donna Walter's dog Chewbacca during the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia's animal blessing service on Sunday. The church invited members to bring their pets to be blessed, and others stood and spoke about their absent pets.
Columbia residents gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia on Sunday morning for the 16th annual animal blessing service. Attendees shared stories of their pets, either present at the service or in memorial, and there was a tribute to former Central Missouri Humane Society director Mary Pat Boatfield, who died in June.
Barbie Reid cradles her toy poodle, Calvin, after the United Universalist Church of Columbia's animal blessing service on Sunday. Reid said Calvin is an "adventure dog" because he kayaks with a miniature life vest, mountain climbs and even grocery shops with her.
Donna Walter's dog Addie looks up before the United Universalist Church of Columbia's animal blessing service on Sunday. Walter goes by the saying that "one dog is good, two dogs are better, but three dogs are best."
Donna Walter leads her dogs, from left, Chewbacca, Minnie Mouse and Addie, into the United Universalist Church of Columbia on Sunday for the church's 16th annual animal blessing service. Walter adopted Minnie just a few days prior at the request of her three-year-old granddaughter.
A Columbia Fire Department firefighter carries a hose toward a house on Carter Lane early Sunday morning. The fire caused about $65,000 dollars worth of damage to the home and three cars on the property.
Columbia firefighters inspect a home on Carter Lane after a fire that caused an estimated $65,000 worth of damage early Sunday morning. It took about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire.