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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.

Jump for the catch

As Edith Lopez runs to make sure her teammate has support, Josh Dillon, of Columbia, third baseman for team Revolution, leaps to catch a line drive during Revolution's game against the Rad Tank Tops in Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park. The Rad Tank Tops defeated Revolution five to two, eliminating them from the tournament.

Forcing an out

Tony Rudolph reaches to catch a ball, beating the runner and forcing an out at first base, during the finals of Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park.

Handing the baton

Brandon Wadlington hands his baton off to teammate Jordan Brewer, both of Springfield, in the 4 x 400 meter race during the Show-Me-State Games Track and Field Saturday at Walton Stadium. Wadlington and Brewer, along with teammates Tyler Manes and Lyndon Heard, finished first in the 13- and 14-year-old boys division with a time of 4:19.

Sliding to safety

Ryan Anderson, of the St. Louis Big Ballers, narrowly evades a ball thrown at him while sliding into home plate during the finals of Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park. The Rad Tank Tops defeated the Big Ballers in the first round of the finals but lost in the second round with a score of eight to two, giving the gold to the St. Louis Big Ballers.

Track race

Whitney Enyart leads a pack of runners in the 9- and 10-year-old girls 1500 meter race during the Show-Me-State Games Track and Field Saturday at Walton Stadium. Trailing Enyart, who finished 4th, are Gracy Reeter, 5th, white singlet, and Grace Teddy, 3rd.

Raising the bar

David Ludeman, 14, of St. Louis, clears the bar set at a height of 4 foot 8 inches in the boys high jump during the Show-Me-State Games Track and Field Saturday at Walton Stadium. Ludeman finished 4th in his division with a top height of 5 feet.

Kicking during the finals

Drew Roper, of the Rad Tank Tops, kicks during the finals of Show-Me-State Games Kickball on Saturday at the Rainbow Softball Fields of Cosmopolitan Park.

Long jump

Hannah Jones, 11, of Chillicothe, leaps into the sand pit for the 11- and 12-year-old girls long jump during the Show-Me-State Games Track and Field events Saturday at Walton Stadium.

Fleeing the storm

As strong winds blow dust from softball fields, players and fans attending various Show-Me State Games events on Saturday flee the Rainbow Softball Fields at Cosmopolitan Park to avoid the torrential storm that hit minutes later.
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