July 25, 2009
Gov. Jay Nixon focuses on the hoop before shooting a free throw Saturday in the Show-Me State Games' men's basketball skills competition at Hearnes Center.
Benton Kiesling, left, covers his ears as a truck roars by at at the Boone County Fair side-by-side mud racing event Friday. Craig Flippin handles the sound just fine.
Danny Koenig Sr. of Huntsville races to the finish line in his truck named "The Digger" at the Boone County Fair side-by-side mud racing event Friday.
Crowds watch Jason Sensenich, left, race Brian Ellison at the Boone County Fair's first side-by-side mud racing event. Sensenich went on to win the race.
Parker Salter blows a pinwheel as mother, Emily Salter, watches on Friday at the Boone County Fair. Salter went on to win first place in 2-year-old division of the Boys Baby Contest.
After winning first place in the infant division of the Boone County Fair Boys Baby Contest on Friday, 8-month-old Aiden Riley and his mother Ginger Riley pose as his grandmother takes a photo.
July 24, 2009
A rabbit nestles in next to a basket of ping pong balls at a new carnival game at the Boone County Fair. The new game gives away rabbits as prizes, which has animal advocates in Columbia concerned.
"What's grandma gonna do with a bunny?" Dalton and Taylor Fisher's grandma asks as they both pay $5 to try to win a rabbit at the Boone County Fair on Thursday. Many animal advocates around Columbia have been asking similar questions since the new game showed up at the fair this year.
The Boone County Fair has many new games this year. One of the new games gives away rabbits as prizes, prompting the Central Missouri Humane Society and other animal advocates to voice their concerns about where the prize bunnies go after they are won.
Carl's Towing is recovering a 2002 Chevy 1500 from an accident site at the intersection of Highway WW and Rangeline Road on Friday in Columbia. The driver of the Chevy was going northbound on Rangeline before it collided with 1984 Ford Crown Victoria traveling westbound on Highway WW.
Carl's Towing is recovering a 1984 Ford Crown Victoria that was involved in an accident at the intersection of Highway WW and Rangeline Road on Friday in Columbia. The Ford driver was extricated from the vehicle and then taken to the University Hospital for treatment.
Linda Dietz hands a hypnotized Adrianne and Anderson McCune plastic instruments to play during an impromptu Elvis performance on Thursday. The show lasted for about 45 minutes and kept the audience members on their toes and literally laughing on the floor.
"The Sassy Classy Mystic Muse" Linda Dietz readies her participants for a night of fun and laughter at the Boone County Fair on Thursday. Dietz show is interactive taking the people off the stage and into the laughing crowd.
Matt Praisewater, sings, "May I please have my belly button back"? while in a hypnotized state at the Boone Couty Fair on Thursday. The audience was entertained by Linda Dietz and her ability to move the participants to do crazy things like Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin impersonations.
Emcee Bryce McGuire of Hedrick's Racing Pigs of Nickerson, Kan., opens the starting gates during a pig race Thursday at the Boone County Fair.
Sara Wilsdorf, left, cheers on a pig during a pig race at the Boone County Fair on Wednesday.
Ethan Ott of Hedrick's Racing Pigs puts a racing silk on a piglet at the Boone County Fair on Wednesday.
Water vapor rises from the cooling tower of the Callaway County nuclear plant. "Many people think we're polluting the air, but it's actually just water vapor that is generated from the process of cooling the plant's water supply," said communications coordinator John Bassford.
The cooling tower, at left, and the turbine building are parts of the Callaway County nuclear plant.
The switchyard distributes power generated at the Callaway plant to transmission lines, providing electricity to area homes and businesses.