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Governors visit Iraq and Afghanistan

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is on a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan this week. From left: Nixon; South Dakota Gov. Michael Rounds; Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and General McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, during visit to Al Faw Palace in Baghdad on Wednesday, July 21.

Reynolds Journalism Institute gathering

Josh Smalley logs onto a computer during the High School Teachers Workshop at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU on Tuesday, July 20. RJI hosts journalism gatherings of many kinds and is now teaming up with the advertising industry to launch the Institute for Advertising Ethics.

Little Mister Boone County 2010 takes stage

Ashton Kidd, Little Mister Boone County 2010 winner, waves to the crowd at the conclusion of the Little Mister and Miss Boone County pageant Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Kidd was one of five boys who competed in the pageant. Tanner Lanes is pictured on the right.

Winner crowned at Little Miss contest

Cierra UrQuieta, winner of the Little Miss Boone County pageant, is presented with the winning sash and tiara by last year’s winner at the Little Mister and Miss Boone County pageant on Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Fair attendees wait for pageant to start

Cierra UrQuieta, left, nestles noses with her mother, Yvonne UrQuieta, while they wait for the Little Mister and Miss Boone County pageant to start Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Contestants play with pinwheels during Little Miss pageant

As each participant introduces herself, Juliana Clemens, left, and Cecilia Consiglio play with their pinwheels to keep occupied at the Little Mister and Miss Boone County contest on Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. There were 20 contestants and two rounds of judging.

Fair attendee enjoys musical chairs ride

With her hair blowing in the wind, Katelyn Bell smiles with glee while riding the musical chairs ride Thursday at the Boone County Fair.

Friends enjoy musical chairs ride

While turned around in her seat, Jaden Holley reaches her arm out to the wave of Sabrina Davis as they ride the musical chairs Thursday at the Boone County Fair.

Child waits for ride to start at Boone County Fair

Josh Russel looks at his mother longingly as he waits for his dinosaur ride to begin Thursday at the Boone County Fair.

Parents watch son enjoy fair ride

Lance Petersen, middle, looks at his parents while riding the cars Thursday at the Boone County Fair. Petersen’s parents, Dylan and Amanda watched and took pictures of their son as he rode solo in a revolving car.

Cloggers from Fulton perform at Boone County Fair

Jackie Cole danced with the Mulekicker Cloggers from Fulton on Thursday at the Boone County Fair. A dedicated clogger, Cole returned to dancing almost immediately after two bouts of cancer in 2002 and 2006. "I'm either dumb or dedicated," she joked. "I haven't figured out which yet."

Cloggers arrive to perform at Boone County Fair

Cloggers Linda Kronk, left, and Betty Atterberry, right, arrive to the performance location for the Mulekicker Cloggers on Thursday at the Boone County Fair. The driver of the cart, Wanda Cunningham, and her daughters Danielle and Adriana volunteer at the fair.

Cloggers perform to variety of music

Members of the Mulekicker Cloggers from Fulton perform to the song "Disturbia" by Rihanna on Thursday at the Boone County Fair. The group's repertoire includes a variety of music including pop, classic hits, country and traditional instrumental clogging songs.

Mulekicker Cloggers perform at Boone County Fair

The Mulekicker Cloggers from Fulton performed Thursday at the Boone County Fair. For more than 30 years, the group has danced a hybrid form of clogging that originated in the Appalachian Mountains.

Amy Wilsdorf crowned new Boone County Fair queen

The new 2010 Boone County royalty Michele Love, left and Amy Wilsdorf, right, watch the Mulekicker Cloggers perform while Lily Williams takes photographs on Thursday at the Boone County Fair. Wilsdorf was crowned the new queen after Melinda Houttuin resigned her title at 4:35 p.m. Thursday.

Youth Baseball Flores Williams

Kena Flores applies eye black to Brandon Williams, age 9, of the Cubans during a Douglass Youth Baseball League game on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at Douglass Park. “It started by accident,” Flores says of being volunteer coach. Her fondness for baseball and children has kept her committed after subbing in for a coach at her nephew’s game three years ago. “It’s fun, but it does get competitive,” she said. This summer, 110 children participated in tee ball, coach pitch and kid pitch leagues.

Douglass Youth Baseball

Trayton Wiyrick, age 10, left, of the Cubans strikes from pitch from his coach Kena Flores, right, at a Douglass Youth Baseball League game on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at Douglass Park. Ray Kelley, who refereed the game, said of the league, “We don’t worry about scores as we try to teach the game a bit. We stress fun.” Kelly is the president of the board of directors of the Douglass Athletic Association. As Thursday was the last day of games, athletes and volunteers will celebrate with a barbecue at Douglass Park on Sunday, and about 40 children will visit the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City on Tuesday.

Sprinting to the bitter end

Hammah Montana runs to catch up with the pack during a pig race on Thursday at the Boone County Fair. The race is part of the Hendrick's Racing Pigs show, which features three heats of pig races and pig-related puns from the emcee Tim Hart and his sidekick Steve Gault.

Down the stretch they come

Fiona, 8, left, Renee, 8, and Russ Conklin watch the first round of the Hedrick's Racing Pigs show on Thursday at the Boone County Fair.

And they're off

Emcee Tim Hart, also known as "Professor Swinehart," announces Steve Gault as "Brother Elroy" at the beginning of the Hedrick's Racing Pigs show on Thursday at the Boone County Fair. Hart has been announcing the show for 15 years, a position he says he got after answering a classified ad.
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