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Roots 'N Blues audience stays despite rain

In this Missourian file photo, Junior Brown, a singer at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival, plays a lick at the Mediacom Stage at Peace Park for a wet audience on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ vendor protects his food from the rain

Scott Baxley cooks up weiners at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday. Baxley covered the hot dogs with an umbrella to save them from the rain before serving them to customers.

Blues Festival has Columbians returning for more

Columbia resident Shelly Ramsey surveys the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Fifth Street on Saturday. Ramsey has been coming to the festival for three years now, and says she "always has a great time."

Balloon artist makes hat at Roots 'N Blues

Balloon artist Mike Martin and Columbia resident Beverly Bell help place a balloon hat on 8-year-old Nikki Williams' head on Saturday, outside of Flat Branch Park during the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Bell said the wait for balloon creations was an hour long.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ contestant prepares food

Up in Smoke barbecue team member William Bryan slices sausage at the team's station before the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival judging on Saturday. The team, which is from Marshall, has been barbecuing together for about 15 years.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ - Judging

Certified judges for the Roots 'N Blues barbecue contest Susie Bishop and Wayne Reynolds take a rib and pass it down during the second round of judging on Saturday. Judges evaluated samples from the 54 competing barbecue teams based on taste, tenderness and appearance. "To win the overall grand champion prize of $2,500, a team must enter the first four categories of chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket," said Roots 'N Blues Barbecue Coordinator Jori Rose. Teams could also choose to enter the fifth dessert category.

Columbia runner places third in Roots 'n Blues 10K

Tony Rigdon of Columbia placed third in the Roots 'n Blues 10K. Both the 10K and a half marathon took place Saturday morning as a part of the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival.

Families show support for Roots 'n Blues runners

Aubrey Sanders, 8, Katya Johnson, 5, Ainsley Sanders, 5, Chris Sanders and Lanny Johnson, 10, eagerly wait for Kristyn Sanders and Jackie Johnson to finish the Roots 'N Blues Half Marathon and 10K Saturday morning. The rain couldn't keep families from supporting the runners.

Lumberjack

Marissa Jo Daniel, a senior at Missouri, will represent the university at the Regional Collegiate competition in Carbondale, Ill, this weekend

Roots 'N Blues holds half marathon

Runners break from the starting line of the Roots 'N Blues Half Marathon, which took place at 7 a.m. Saturday despite rainy conditions. A 10K race was also held.

MU Football - Gerau

Missouri's Brandon Gerau tries to get through the Nevada defense on Friday night in Reno, Nevada. The Tigers beat the Wolfpack 31-21.

The Bel Airs - Pruitt Brothers

Dave Pruitt (left) and Dick Pruitt (right) of The Bel Airs sing during a performance on the community stage at Flat Branch Park during the first nght of the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival.

The Bel Airs - Drummer Cherry

Drummer Michael Cherry of The Bel Airs performs on the community stage at Flat Branch Park during the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival.

The Bel Airs - Pruitt

Dave Pruitt of The Bel Airs performs on the community stage at Flat Branch Park during the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival on Friday night.

Roots 'N Blues - BelAirs

Dave Pruitt of The Bel Airs performs on the community stage at Flat Branch Park during the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival on Friday night.

MU v Nevada - Danario Alexander

Missouri's Danario Alexander scores a touchdown past the Nevada defense during Friday night's 31-21 win in Reno, Nevada.

Abandoned Bus

An abandoned bus at University of Nevada-Reno brings more questions than answers.

High-Steppers Parade

Rolando Barry leads the Mid-Missouri Highsteppers down Cherry Street in the New Belgium Brewing Co. bike parade on Friday evening.

Ready to pop

Sammy Stidham of Columbia gets ready to pour a fresh batch of kettle corn into a drum at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Cherry Street on Friday.

Popping the corn

Sammy Stidham pours a fresh batch of kettle corn from the popper into the cooling copper drum to be bagged in preparation for the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Friday. Stidham pops the corn in hot oil and sugar and his wife Dee salts the popped corn and bags it to be sold.
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