Gary Pinkel at 2010 Big 12 preseason media day

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel speaks to reporters before the start of the 2010 season at the Big 12 Conference Media Day in Irving, Texas.

Hoofing it at the pony pull

Jack Howell displays Spud's specially-made pulling shoes. In addition to competitive pulling, Jack and his father, Floyd Howell, use their ponies to haul timber for their business. "The different shoes do cost more, since they are more difficult to make. Each shoe is made to fit the slope of the individual hoof," said Floyd Howell.

Loading the cinder blocks

Junior Hagler loads cinder blocks onto the pony pull weight sled as the competition reaches its midpoint on Tuesday. The sled would eventually weigh over one ton.

Weighing a pony for the competition

Jack Howell weighs in Spud the miniature horse before the Pony Pull competition at the Boone County Fair on Tuesday. "We weigh 'em in like prize fighters," Howell said. Each two pony team will end up pulling a sled of more than four and a half times the combined weight of the pullers.

Preparing the lambs

Connor Harris, left, and Jessica Schlager, in yellow, sheer their February lambs to prepare them for the market lamb competition on Tuesday.

Fun at the fair

Anna Sheals, left, and her friend Kate Walker take a wild ride on the Tornado at the Boone County Fair on Tuesday."It was a whirlwind of blowing-my-mindness," Walker exclaimed as she and Sheals stumbled off the ride.

Lambs in line

From left, Bethany Rhoades, 5, Gentry Duncan, 5, Jamie Henneke, 20, and Hayden Duncan, 3, walk past spectators at the market lamb competition on Tuesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

A very wet process

Kody Walters, 10, washes his sheep right before the market lamb competition at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 27. "It's a very wet process," Kody explained as he lathered up his sheep with soap.

Lamb in a hat

James Walters, 13, left, and Lisa Roberts watch in amusement as Lesleah and Lisa Roberts' sheep shows off a baseball cap borrowed from James on Tuesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.


One of two manholes, pictured, alongside S. Rock Quarry Road between East Gans Road and East Nifong Boulevard in south Columbia released an estimated 1,000 gallons of wastewater into a tributary of Clear Creek on Monday, July 26.

Rashanta Bledman

Rashanta Bledman, the researcher who studied body image.

Packing up

Rachel Prevette and Esperance Nantore pack up after cleaning the Williams' house on Zoe Lane on July 2.

Cleaning the house

Esperance Nantore, an African refugee, cleans a house on July 2. Nantore is an employee for a cleaning company called Safi Sana. Safi Sana was started with the objective of helping refugees find work. Nantore has been in Columbia for nearly two years.

Cleaning checklist

Rachel Prevette and Esperance Nantore discuss the cleaning checklist for a house on July 2. Prevette, Nantore and their boss, Jen Wheeler, all attend the Christian Fellowship church. Prevette says she enjoys being paired with Nantore, who is nice and with whom she practices her Swahili.

Keeping on course

Dale Carrol keeps his horses on course Monday in the Boone County Fair horse pull event.

Attaching the horses

Nicholas Eckman, left, and Caleb Vaughn, right, help Charlie Kane attach his horses to the sled Monday before his team's run in the Boone County Fair's horse pull.

Pulling to second place

Tom Miller steers his horses, Frank and Marty, to a second-place finish Monday at the Boone County Fair horse pull. Nine different horse teams competed in the farm teamcompetition, in which they pulled up to 12,000 pounds of cinderblocks up to 20 feet.

Shearing sheep

Will Garrett, left, helps Brendan Rost, right, shear his sheep for the weigh for the breeding sheep show at the Boone County Fair on Monday. The breeding sheep show is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

Waiting to open

Storm clouds roll in over the the Boone County Fairgrounds on Monday before the rides officially opened for the day.

Dripping with watermelon

Abby Miller, 7, of Columbia, reduces a slice of watermelon to its rind during Family Fun Night Monday at the Boone County Fair. Rain and clouds persisted throughout the day, but three-legged races, water balloon tosses, and watermelon eating competitions gave visiting families ample reasons to enjoy their night.