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Monster truck flies through dirt

Larry Quick of Aledo, Ill., launched his monster truck, Ghost Ryder, over a mud bank during the monster truck show on Saturday at the Boone County Fair. Quick's truck won first place in the freestyle event, measured by the audience cheering for their favorite.

Audience gets a chance to ride monster trucks at Boone County Fair

Audience members take a ride on the monster truck "Bone Crusher" during the intermission of the monster truck show on Saturday at the Boone County Fair.

Monster truck covered in mud at Boone County Fair

Monster truck Quadzilla, built out of a 2002 Ford Super Duty, sits covered in mud at the end of the monster truck show on Saturday at the Boone County Fair. The truck represented the most experience on the field, as driver Roger Gauger of Evansville, Ind., has been racing monster trucks for 18 years.

Camera image of assault suspect

At approximately 2:20 a.m. Saturday officers from the MU Police Department responded to the report of an assault that occurred near University Avenue and Hitt Street. The victim described the suspect as a male in his early twenties, heavy set, wearing a yellow shirt and khaki shorts, according to the department's website. This is one of the images of a person who matches the general description of the perpetrator that investigators were able to pull from cameras in the area. Other images can be found on the Police Department's website.

Lawsuit alleges Columbia police beat man after arrest

Cadilac Derrick sits in the Columbia Police Department after being arrested on Feb. 24, 2009. Derrick is now suing two officers involved in the arrest. The civil lawsuit, filed on July 22, alleges that the officers beat Derrick. During an interview after he was arrested, Derrick said he got the scrape on his face after falling down.

Vendor prepares for National Bikers Roundup in Columbia

Jay Farmer poses on his heavily decaled truck at the Red Roof Inn on East Texas Avenue near North Providence Road in Columbia on Thursday. “I’m here to sell jackets and stuff. I’m a vendor,” he said describing his trip from North Carolina to Columbia for the National Bikers Roundup, which is held at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Farmer arrived in Columbia on Wednesday evening.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of possession of child porn

The suspect, identified as 44-year-old Norman Troxel of 1501 Vandiver Drive, Lot 138, was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography on Friday.

Team worksheet

The "Geiser's" team worksheet sits on the board used for the plank race at the 2010 Agriculture Olympics at the Boone County Fair on July 30. The "Geisers" were a group of adults competing against nine other teams of varying ages, but mainly consisted of younger children.

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.
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