Riders leave fairgrounds to go for a ride through county

Riders prepare to leave the fairgrounds to go out for a ride on the roads of Boone County on Wednesday. The National Bikers Roundup runs through Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional

Sheree Red Bornand, right, hugs Aidan Dunn after hearing the decision in the United States District Court proceedings challenging Proposition 8 outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Wednesday. A person close to the case says a federal judge has overturned California's same-sex marriage ban in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights.

Royalty in Hannibal

Prince Albert II, of Monaco talks with Austin Janes and Salwa Mikhail during a visit to Hannibal Regional Hospital on Monday.

Cindy Lou the alpaca

Alpacas, with their built-in sweaters, have an especially hot situation this time of year.

Bryson checks the results

Judge Larry Bryson and his wife, Patti Bryson, look at early election results online around 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wait and see

Presiding Commissioner candidate John Sam Williamson, in grey, waits with friends and family for his election results to come in during his watch party at D. Rowe's Restaurant Bar on Tuesday.

Bryson and granddaughter

Judge Larry Bryson sits with his granddaughter Grace Bryson, 7, at his home in Centralia where he hosted friends and family to watch primary election results Tuesday. Bryson defeated Kim Shaw 4,596 to 4,353 votes on Tuesday’s Democratic primary for his current position as Associate Circuit Judge, Division V, which he’s held since 1986.

Discussing the results

Presiding Commissioner candidate John Sam Williamson, right, discusses the incoming election results with friend Mike Leipard during Williamson's watch party at D. Rowe's Restaurant Bar on Tuesday.

Christianson's victory speech

J. Scott Christianson gives a victory speech to a crowd of supporters at the end of his primary election result watch party on Tuesday at Mojo's. Christianson led the polls throughout the night and won the Democratic nomination for Boone County Presiding Commissioner with 70.52% of the vote.

Williamson watches his results

Presiding Commissioner candidate John Sam Williamson keeps an eye on the incoming election results via laptop during his watch party at D. Rowe's Restaurant Bar on Tuesday. "I'm absolutely hopeful," he said.

Shaw greets guests

Associate circuit judge candidate Kim Shaw, in brown, chats with friends Holly Burgess, left, Joni Stewart, and Cheryl Poore during her watch party at D. Rowe's Restaurant Bar on Tuesday. "We came to a restaurant so nobody would have to clean up or cook," joked Burgess.

Interested parties hover around a computer

From left, school board member Jonathan Sessions, Jeff Chinn, Democratic candidate for State Representative of the 21st District Kelly Schultz, and her campaign manager, Chris Girouard, check websites for election results at J. Scott Christianson's watch party on August 3, 2010 at Mojo's. Schultz ran unopposed in Tuesday's primary and will face Republican John Cauthorn in the general election in November.

Christianson talks with volunteer

J. Scott Christianson greets Doris Littrell, a volunteer on his campaign, at his primary election result party Tuesday at Mojo's. Littrell said she hosted a fundraiser, sent a letter to the editor, and promoted Christianson to her friends and family as part of her responsibilities as a volunteer.

Watching the polls

Joan Mudrick watches as the initial poll results come in at Kim Shaw's watch party at D. Rowe's Restaurant Bar on Tuesday. Shaw was running for associate circuit judge, and with no Republican candidates in the race, tonight's winner will have no competition in the general election.

Christianson Meets Voters at Mojo's

J. Scott Christianson, left, greets supporters at his election result watch party Tuesday at Mojo's. Christianson won the primary with 70.52% of the votes.

The Iron Souls

Richard "Gil" Gilbert, left, one of the original members of the Iron Souls motorcycle club from Oakland, Calif., peruses the display motorcycles in front of the Harley Davidson demo area. Gilbert stands with Leonard "Truck" White, right, a road captain. The road captain, White explains, is responsible for organizing the details of a club's ride and ensuring their safety. When asked what Gilbert's responsibilities were, Gilbert said that as a senior member that they were to "just sit back and enjoy the ride. I've already done all of that. Now I just have to sit back and enjoy myself."

Tent for hogs

Harley Davidson, the American Motorcycle manufacturer, brought a demo area for test-riding new bikes to the National Bikers Roundup in Columbia. New models were lined up for interested bikers to check out on Monday.

God's Wheels Inc.

Jerry Lindley, group member of the God's Wheels Motorcycle Ministry, peeks behind the group's tent banner at the 33rd Annual National Bikers Roundup on Tuesday, where they are collecting canned food and other donations. Lindley says that God's Wheels chose a Missouri food bank as the recipient.

Big blue bike

Owner Joseph Hathaway loves his Honda bike because it rides very smoothly and has a six-disc CD changer.

Rows of new bikes

Motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson has already unloaded an 18-wheel semi filled with new bikes that patrons will be allowed to test ride during the rally.