Veteran steer competitor talks with judge

Brianne Abramoritz, 18, talks with Mike Martin, judge of the competition, during the Senior Showmanship judging at the Boone County Fair on Thursday. Abramoritz has been competing for eight years.

Steers, owners await judging

Steers and owners await judging at the Boone County Fair on Thursday.

Youth showcase steer in Boone County Fair competition

Dalton Sharp, 15, and Chelsea Cockrum, 16, talk as they wait for the senior showmanship class judging to finish. Sharp and Cockrum competed in the intermediate division on Thursday.

Jesse Hockett Tribute Race

Racers round the track at the Jesse Hockett Tribute Race held at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Thursday.

Carl Edwards Sr.

Carl Edwards Sr. speaks to the crowd at the Jesse Hockett Tribute Race on Thursday.

Door Banger Nationals

Fans, family and friends watch as racers round the track at the 2nd Annual Door Banger Nationals on Thursday. The race was held in tribute to Jesse Hockett, a racer who died in an accident on May 26, 2010.

Performing bears are part of family's business

Fred the bear gives Johnny Welde Jr. a kiss after the performance at the Boone County Fair on Thursday. The Welde's own Bearadise Ranch in Florida and travel across the country performing. The ranch has been in the Welde family for 84 years, and Johnny Welde Jr. plans on taking over the family business someday.

Bear enjoys molasses at Boone County Fair

John Welde feeds Fred the bear molasses as a reward at the Boone County Fair on Thursday. Fred is one of eleven bears that live at the Welde's ranch in Florida.

Rain sticks are a good thing

Children at the Columbia Public Library built rain sticks and played along with Tammy Hickman from the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Happy to listen to a good book

Naomi Davis, 10, right, and her cousin Alexis Torres,10, left, listen to Tammy Hickman playing the drums. Hickman explained that people are like music. Hickman said, "If you went to a concert and they just played one note, well, that wouldn't work."

Reading her own Braille book

DeAnna Quietwater Noriega reads a Braille book that she wrote to children at the Columbia Public Library. Noriega said, "It's not about what you don't have, it's about what you do with what you have."

One emotional reading

Reno, a guide dog, looks up at DeAnna Quietwater Noriega after she finishes reading one of her books about overcoming adversity during the celebration of the 20th Anniversary for the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Columbia Public Library on Thursday. Noriega, who is half Chippewa and half Apache, has two other dogs, four horses and a llama. Noriega said, "He is very boastful because he gets to come out and work while the other dogs have to stay home."

Migratory birds hunt food

Migratory birds hunt for food on a partially flooded crawfish farm owned by Grantt Guillory near Opelousas, La., on July 1.

Checking pump equipment

Grantt Guillory adjusts pumping machinery on his crawfish farm near Opelousas, La., on June 30, as he prepares to flood the property to attract migratory birds. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

Nixon talks about economic development

Gov. Jay Nixon listens to Richard Fleming, president and CEO of St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Thursday. Nixon was in Columbia to address the first meeting of the steering committee of the state's 2010 Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth.

Vote on Prop C

A pickup truck carries a large sign that reads "Vote Aug. 3 Yes Prop C" outside a rally and fundraiser for supporters of a ballot measure to block the new federal health insurance law in St. Charles. Missouri will become the first state to the test the popularity of President Barack Obama's top policy accomplishment with a statewide ballot proposal attempting to reject its core mandate that most Americans have health insurance.

Steps of Jesse Hall

Ellie Schamel, left, and her mom Gail Schamel enjoy ice cream at an ice cream social held during the 2008 Summer Welcome. Parents can keep in touch with their children while they are away at school by using e-mail, text messages and Skype.

Ushering in the new class

Nina Moini, 19, greets incoming freshmen at the 2008 Summer Welcome.

Culture Shock

Nguyen Thi Minh Ha, left, and Thuong Nguyen, right, graduate students studying public administration, look over donated bed sheets with help from volunteer Diane Driver at the International Friends Center. About 12 to 13 percent of MU students are culturally diverse.

Students take back the night

From left, Kim Scates, Brittany Russell, Amy Williams and Sharon Giles lead the annual Take Back the Night march on Sept. 17, 2009. The march, which wound through MU, aimed to raise awareness about sexual violence.