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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.

David Mountjoy Triathlon

David Mountjoy, the director of clinic operations for University Hospital, trains for the running portion of the Show-Me State Games triathlon on Friday, July 9, 2010. Mountjoy either wears a belt that holds a jug of water, or he plans a run that includes a stop by a water fountain. Mountjoy said, "It's real easy to get dehydrated out here."

TrainingforTriathlon

David Mountjoy, the director of clinic operations for University Hospital, trains on Friday, July 9, 2010, for the running portion of the Show-Me State Games triathlon, held on July 25. The triathlon consists of a half-mile swim followed by a 19-mile bike ride and a 5K run.

Learning to ride a conventional bike

From left, volunteer Michelle Lowery walks behind Blake Hinkel, and volunteer Andrew Craver walks behind Alex Harvey as the two children ride roller-bikes in Gentry Middle School on Monday. They are taking part in the Lose the Training Wheels program, which holds week-long classes to teach people with disabilities how to ride conventional, two-wheel bicycles.

Lose the Training Wheel

Nick Llorens rides a two-wheel bicycle as Larry Simonson runs behind him at Gentry Middle School on Wednesday. Llorens is a participant in the Lose the Training Wheels program which partnered with the PedNet Coalition. This is the first time that the national program has visited Columbia.

Water cart in Mongolia

A local water cart carrier in Bayankhongor, Mongolia. Outside of the biggest cities, only apartment dwellers having running water, so Mongolians who live in gers or houses purchase water by the liter from carriers.

Ger in Mongolia

Bayar hangs wool blankets on the ger frame to provide insulation. With the help of their Mongolian family, the Burdens put their home together in a few hours.

Learning to handle meat

A student prepares to do a French cut on a rack of lamb at Ryan Farr's butcher class in San Francisco. Sophisticated urbanites in San Francisco and other cities are signing up for classes where they learn how to carve up whole hogs and lambs, the latest trend among foodies who want a closer connection to the meat on their forks.

Learning to butcher

Ryan Farr, center, helps Kelly McAlearney, left, cut up a section of a lamb at his butcher class in San Francisco, Tuesday earlier this summer. Sophisticated urbanites in San Francisco and other cities are signing up for classes where they learn how to carve up whole hogs and lambs, the latest trend among foodies who want a closer connection to the meat on their forks.

Balloon store prepares for fair's opening

Right before the opening of the Boone County Fair, Melaney Lee blows up the last few balloons for the Balloon Store on Wednesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

The Ferris wheel

A waxing moon shines through a Ferris wheel at the 64th Annual Boone County Fair Wednesday night. The fair runs through Sunday, July 31.

Preparing for the gown portion

Michele Love prepares for the Evening Gown Judging and On-Stage Question portion of the Boone County Fair Queen 2010 competition Wednesday night. Love was selected as a finalist.

Adapted golf clinic gives lessons

Gretchen Maune, who is legally blind, tries putting while instructor Jim Williams, right, gives her guidance during an adapted golf clinic on Wednesday at the Perche Creek Golf Club.

Winning the crown

Moments after being coronated Miss Boone County Fair Queen 2010, Melinda Houttuin, 20, smiles for a cheering crowd. Houttuin won her first pageant title at 15, Miss Missouri High School Rodeo Queen, and has won several titles since. In August, she will compete in Miss Missouri State Fair Queen. In the future, she hopes to compete in Miss USA and Miss Universe.

Legally blind golfer tees off

Justin Cobb, who is legally blind, takes a few practice shots on Wednesday at an adapted golf clinic at the Perche Creek Golf Club. A group of occupational therapy students at MU organized the clinic to teach the basics of the sport to people with impaired vision.

A picture backstage

Lily Williams, 19, poses backstage at the Boone County Fair Queen competition for her mother, Tammy Waltz-Nowlin. Williams was later crowned second runner up. This is her second time competing.

Adapted golf clinic helps visually impaired

Jack Knowsel, 14, right, rattles the flag for Jim Pelfrey as Kaycie Berhorst assists Pelfrey with his posture at an adapted golf clinic Wednesday at the Perche Creek Golf Club. The clinic, put on by occupational therapy students at MU, gave eight people with impaired vision a chance to try golf.

Waiting for the results

From left, Michele Love, Rynda Nichols, Lily Williams and Amy Wilsdorf await the announcement of the 2010 Boone County Fair Queen Runners-Up. Six young women competed in the event Wednesday night.
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