Keeping score at the Agriculture Olympics

Kara Roderick, 18, from Alton keeps the score for the Agriculture Olympics at the Boone County Fair on July 30. The Agriculture Olympics featured numerous events including the Plank Race, a Trivia Contest, and the event concluded with the Utter Toss.

The Udder Toss

Glenn Garrett from team "Geisers" catches the "udder" during the Utter Toss at the Agriculture Olympics at the Boone County Fair on July 30. The "Geisers" were able to complete 33 tosses before the "udder" burst in Garrett's arms.

The Feed Bucket Race

Garrett West, 9, from Hallsville blindly drops feed into a larger bucket during the Feed Bucket Race during the Agriculture Olympics at the Boone County Fair on July 30. Racers had to put on a blindfold, fill up their small pails with a sandcastle shovel, then run and drop their feed into the large bucket. The first team to fill their bucket past the rim wins.

Agriculture Olympics

There was an easy atmosphere at the Boone County Fair on July 30 where over 50 people participated in the Agriculture Olympics. The Agriculture Olympics featured multiple events including the plank race, the sack race, and the utter toss. At the end of all the events the scores were tallied and the winners received cold cans of Dr. Pepper.

Collegetown 2010 e-book cover

The cover of the e-book edition of the Collegetown 2010 special section of the Missourian.

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.