Fairgoers enjoy ride through the air

Soaring high above the ground 2010 Missouri State Fair attendees felt the breeze of "The Fighter." This year marks the 108th anniversary of the fair which runs until Aug. 22.

Missouri State Fair queen chats with meat vendor

Roger Alewel, state fair director from 1989 to 1993, jokes with 2010 Missouri State Fair Queen Megan Westhoff of Memphis, Mo. as he passed her a package of beef jerky at the Alewel's Country Meats stand at the Missouri State Fair on Sunday. Westhoff was crowned the fair's queen on Friday where Miss Boone County Amy Wilsdorf was named first runner-up. Westhoff said she and Wilsdorf realized backstage that they had known each other in 4-H when they were younger.

Clown gives out stickers at Missouri State Fair

Buttons the clown, also known as Newt Lundquist of La Moille, Ill., hands a sticker to 5-year-old Jordyn Marcille of Kansas City during the Missouri State Fair on Sunday. Lundquist drove the miniature car around the fairgrounds.

Fairgoer attempts climbing wall

A fairgoer made his way up a climbing wall. This year marks the 108th anniversary of the Missouri State Fair, which features performances by Colbie Caillat and Sheryl Crow.

Riders carry mats at Missouri State Fair

Mats in hand, riders run up the staircase to slide down the Drag Race at the 2010 Missouri State Fair on Sunday. The fair opened Thursday and goes until Aug. 22.

Boy sleeps on father's shoulders at Missouri State Fair

Shielded from the sun, Santiago Calle, 5, of Columbia slept on his father's shoulders during a Military Appreciation Ceremony, which was part of the Missouri State Fair's Homegrown Heroes Day on Sunday. Pfc. Juan Calle, originally of Colombia, South America, joined the National Guard earlier this year.

Parents juggle responsibilities, keeping family life private

Sara Hinkle and her husband, Travis Hinkle, use laptop computers to blog from their apartment in Bloomington, Ind. Hinkle is a 24-yr-old expecting mom and writes about her experiences. Keeping family life private at a time when 500 million people are on Facebook is a challenge made tougher for young, tell-all early adopters of the 6-year-old social networking site who are now juggling the responsibilities of marriage and children.

Skateboarder Lance Rothenberger in the Summer Shredfest

Lance Rothenberger jumps over the bar in the Ollie competition at Summer Shredfest on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park’s skate park. Rothenberger won the competition, clearing a height of 33 inches to earn a case of Monster energy drink.

Columbia skateboarder Justin Brown

The ground looms beneath Columbia's Justin Brown as he leaps over the slope in the King of the Hill competition during Summer Shredfest on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park’s skate park.

Missouri Tigers focus on fumbles

DeVion Moore loses control of the ball during the MU Tigers first scrimmage of the season.

Missouri football's Derrick Washington reacts in Tigers first scrimmage

Missouri running back Derrick Washington reacts after a play during the MU Tigers first scrimmage on Saturday at Faurot Field.

Columbia cyclist wins in photo finish

After a 200-meter sprint, Columbia cyclist David Henderson, top, beat California’s Dan Martin by the closest of margins to win the 2010 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships on Aug. 7 in Louisville, Ky.

Famous kissing photo

In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1945 picture, a sailor and a nurse kiss in Manhattan's Times Square during celebrations for the end of World War II. The celebration followed the official announcement that Japan had accepted the terms of Potsdam conference and surrendered.

Kissing contest winners

David and Holland Butler of Houston, winners of V-J Day kissing contest, are shown at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La., on Aug. 14. The contest sought to recreate the iconic photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt shot in Times Square in New York City 65 years ago today.

Missouri Tigers' wide receiver Terry Dennis dodges a tackle

Missouri's wide receiver Terry Dennis attempts to dodge a tackle after catching a pass during MU football's first scrimmage of the season on Saturday at Faurot Field.

Missouri Tigers' quarterback Tyler Gabbert runs a play

Missouri Tigers' quarterback Tyler Gabbert runs a play during MU's first scrimmage of the season on Saturday at Faurot Field.

Missouri Tigers' Derrick Washington celebrates a play

Missouri football's Derrick Washington celebrates after a play with teammate Jerrell Jackson during the Tigers' first scrimmage of the year on Saturday at Faurot Field.

UFO Convention

Margie Kay, left, reaches for change as Joyce Stohr, right, leafs through her wallet on Aug. 14 at the UFO convention.

Books for sale at the UFO conference

Books for sale at the UFO conference line a table on Aug. 14. Among the books available was “Captured!: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience” by Stanton Friedman and Kathleen Marden.

Teacher supply store prepares for new school year

Books line the shelves at Ann's Teachers Store, ready to be snapped up by teachers getting ready to go back to school, on Wednesday.