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Horsing around with Checkers

Melissa Williamson, a competitor at the 63rd Boone County Fair Society Horse Show, plays with her horse Checkers after he ate a peppermint on Saturday. At 17 hands high, Checkers is the largest horse in the barn and towers over Williamson and the other horses.

Baby giraffe is a hit

Megan Haas scratches a baby giraffe's chin as her 11-month-old son, Jayden Haas, watches from her arms. "I love giraffes. He is why we came to the fair today!" Haas said.

Feeding the pigs

Allison Blansett, 9, teachers her little sister Allissa Blansett, 4, how to feed a potbellied pig at the exotic animal petting zoo. Potbellied pigs are native to Vietnam and are generally smaller than domestic pigs in the United States.

Baby giraffe will grow to 18 feet

A 5-month-old giraffe was a popular attraction at the exotic animal petting zoo at the Boone County Fair on Friday. Although this giraffe is still small enough to travel with the petting zoo, a worker said he's expected to grow to about 18 feet tall.

Feeding exotic animal friends

Thomas Wiseman, 2, feeds a cow at the exotic animal petting zoo at the Boone County Fair on Friday.

Fleecy animal friend

A baby brown alpaca watches as children go from cage to cage looking at the animals. The alpaca is part of the exotic animal petting zoo at the Boone County Fair. Alpacas have fleecy wool that can grow up to 2 feet long. They are smaller than llamas and are now domesticated animals.

Barbecue at the Boone County Fair

Jamey Johnson stirs Hawaiian barbecue sauce into his chicken wings at the first Boone County Fair People's Choice barbecue contest on Friday.

People's Choice chicken wings

Bill Martin knocks 12 pounds of chicken wings into a bowl on Friday at the People's Choice barbecue contest.

People's Choice taste testers

Richard and Sheila Weinman taste some barbecue chicken wings at the first-ever People's Choice barbecue contest on Friday at the Boone County Fair.

Wall of ham

A wall of cured hams awaits auction at the ham breakfast at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. Only the top 40 hams were auctioned off.

In line for good eats

Visitors line up for food at the ham breakfast at the Boone County Fair on Saturday morning.

Former governor emcees breakfast

Former governor Roger Wilson emceed the ham breakfast at the Boone County Fair on Saturday.

One pricey ham

Stan Lynn, left, holds up the Grand Champion ham, while Brent Voorheis auctions it off at the ham breakfast at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. The 19-pound, 4-ounce ham sold for $60 per pound.

Royal breakfast

From left, Michelle Love, Emily Reinbolt, Amy Wilsdorf and queen Rashall Westhoetler, the Boone County Fair Royalty, attend the ham breakfast on Saturday. The breakfast is put on by the Boone County Fair Ham Commission.

Nixon takes time for a photo

Gov. Jay Nixon, left, poses for a photograph with fellow competitor Lyle Pfaff after taking part in the Show-Me State Games on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Gov. Nixon takes a shot

Gov. Jay Nixon focuses on the hoop before shooting a free throw Saturday in the Show-Me State Games' men's basketball skills competition at Hearnes Center.

Loud noises at the side-by-side mud racing event

Benton Kiesling, left, covers his ears as a truck roars by at at the Boone County Fair side-by-side mud racing event Friday. Craig Flippin handles the sound just fine.

"The Digger" races at the side-by-side mud racing event

Danny Koenig Sr. of Huntsville races to the finish line in his truck named "The Digger" at the Boone County Fair side-by-side mud racing event Friday.

Side-by-side mud racing

Crowds watch Jason Sensenich, left, race Brian Ellison at the Boone County Fair's first side-by-side mud racing event. Sensenich went on to win the race.

2-year-old Boys Baby Contest winner

Parker Salter blows a pinwheel as mother, Emily Salter, watches on Friday at the Boone County Fair. Salter went on to win first place in 2-year-old division of the Boys Baby Contest.
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