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Shoeless shot put

Vern Scheue, 78, of Lake St. Louis, throws shoeless in the shot put competition during the Show-Me State Games track and field events Sunday at Walton Stadium.

Long jumping at the Show-Me State Games

Dave Manke, 40, of O’Fallon, leaps into the sand pit in the long jump competition during the Show-Me State Games track and field events Sunday at Walton Stadium.

Hurdles at the Show-Me State Games

Joseph Holland, 18, of Hannibal, blows away the competition, finishing first in short hurdles during the Show-Me State Games track and field events Sunday at Walton Stadium.

Fellowship of Christian Cowboys conducts service at Boone County Fair

Jim Smith of Grandview Baptist Church leads a Fellowship of Christian Cowboys service Sunday during the Boone County Fair. Smith said the group mostly serves people from rural Missouri who might not attend a nearby church.

Learning to draw in Moving Ahead program

Callie Hansen, a volunteer at the Columbia Housing Authority Moving Ahead program, teaches Celeste Hodges, 10, how to draw a rose Tuesday at the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center in Columbia. Children in the program hang their artwork on the walls of the center for decoration.

Working on math problems in Moving Ahead program

Darius Burse, 8, of the Columbia Housing Authority Moving Ahead program practices working math problems Tuesday at the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center in Columbia. Children in the program spend an hour of each day working with tutors. Program coordinator Carroll Zu-Bolton said the program is academically focused even in the summer.

Learning about cave formation at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Meredith Donaldson, a volunteer at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia, teaches children in the Columbia Housing Authority Moving Ahead program about cave formation on Wednesday. The children put their hands in to simulate the layers found in sedimentary rock like that found at the park.

Examining a bat from Devil's Icebox

James Hayes, 9, of the Columbia Housing Authority Moving Ahead program examines a preserved bat Wednesday before going into the Devil’s Icebox cave at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia. Meredith Donaldson, a state park volunteer, told children in the program that two species of bats live in the Devil’s Icebox: gray bats and Indiana bats.

Moving Ahead participants snack at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Children in the Columbia Housing Authority’s Moving Ahead program eat celery and peanut butter Wednesday at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia. Staff serve healthy snacks at the start of every Moving Ahead session.

Mud trucks get rained out

Josh Garrison drives his mud truck back up on the trailer with assistance from his uncle after Saturday's races at the Boone County Fair were postponed. Garrison drove two hours from Steeleville to compete in the side-by-side mud racing event. "No we have to drive two hours back," he said. "A long ride for rain. Oh well."

Saturday at Boone County Fair 2010

A view of the Boone County Fair from the Ferris wheel on Saturday. Despite the heat and humidity, the Boone County Fair had many visitors, with featured events such as the Baby Girls Contest and the Youth Fun Horse and Pony Show.

SMSG gymnastics

Ally Sucher, 14, completes her floor routine at the Show-Me State Games gymnastic competition on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Sucher is a retired gymnast. "After a certain age, usually 14 or 15, your body starts to deteriorate and that's when gymnasts usually retire," said coach and fellow teammate Kristin Rugen. Retired gymnasts from the South County Twisters decided to participate in the Show-Me State Games recreationally and to promote the team atmosphere to their pupils.

The beam portion

Ally Sucher, 14, participated in the beam portion of the gymnastic competition at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday. The South County Twisters are primarily made up of retired gymnasts who chose to participate in the Show-Me State Games recreationally. In the team competition, different members of the team were allowed to participate in different events based on what portion they liked or excelled at.

Finishing a floor routine

Ally Sucher, 14, completes her floor routine at the Show-Me State Games gymnastic competition on Saturday. Sucher is a retired gymnast. "After a certain age, usually 14 or 15, your body starts to deteriorate and that's when gymnasts usually retire," said coach and fellow teammate Kristin Rugen. Retired gymnasts from the South County Twisters decided to participate in the Show-Me State Games recreationally and to promote the team atmosphere to their pupils.

Stretching before the competition

Gymnasts stretch between the sanctioned competition and the team competition during the Show-Me State Games on Saturday. There were over one hundred participants in the gymnastics competition on Saturday.

Queen's court at Boone County Fair parade

The Boone County Fair Queen's Court waives and throws candy to people on the street during the parade Saturday. Members of the court from left to right: Amy Wilsdorf, 2010 Boone County Fair Queen; Lily Williams, second runner-up; Michele Love, first runner-up; and Rashall Westhoelter, 2009 Boone County Fair Queen.

Warming up

Becca Avena, 18, and Nikki Werner, 17, warm up for their floor routine on Saturday at the Show-Me State Games gymnastics competition. Avena and Werner are both retired gymnasts who now coach for the South County Twisters. The Twister's team was primarily made up of coaches for this meet. "We love the sport and this is a really fun meet," said fellow coach Kristin Rugen.

Baby Girls contest at the Boone County Fair

Nichole Batson holds her baby, Brooklynn Batson, who is nearly 12 months old, during the judging of the infant's division in the Baby Girls Contest at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. The baby girls were judged based on their appearance and personality.

Diving for the kickball

Scott Hicks, left-center fielder for the Rad Tank Tops, dives to catch a fly ball during the finals of Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park. Both teams seemed impressed by Hicks’ successful play, which yielded cheers from around the field.

Making a pitch

Dre West, pitcher for the St. Louis Big Ballers, pitches the ball in the first round finals against the Rad Tank Tops on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park.
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