Preping the meat

Allen James prepares chicken at his booth on the corner of Cherry Street and Fifth Street Friday. James is a member of team Smokin’ O’s and will compete in tomorrow’s Roots 'N Blues BBQ competition.

Testing the temperature

Gary Walkup checks the temperature of his hamburgers on Friday on Fifth Street. Walkup is a member of the team Belly Brothers and will compete in the Roots 'N Blues BBQ competition.

Firing up the grill

John Berkbuegler checks on his hamburgers Friday on Fifth Street. Berkbuegler is one member of Belly Brothers, a team that has been competing together for five years.

Meeting the competition

Teams competing in the Roots 'N Blues BBQ competition set up their stations Friday in front of Flat Branch on Fifth Street in downtown Columbia. The teams will be serving BBQ Friday from 5:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Organizing the microphones

Blue Note production manager Dylan McCord and Blue Note engineer Scott Mitchell sort through all the microphones that will be used for the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Thursday at the Peace Park stage. The third annual festival will feature five stages and, for the first time, will require attendees to purchase tickets.

Checking the sound

Blue Note production manager Dylan McCord reviews sound equipment with Blue Note engineer Scott Mitchell on Thursday while setting up the Peace Park stage for the upcoming Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Because the Peace Park stage is the only one in the festival where open containers will be allowed, the production team said they expect this stage to be the most crowded.

Setting the stage

Bob Reeves, co-owner of MSA Productions, works to get electrical equipment under cover from the oncoming rain on Thursday at the Peace Park stage for the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Reeves and his Columbia-based company, which set up all five stages for the festival this year, began putting all the stages together at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Robert Steeples closes in for a tackle

Robert Steeples (No. 22) fights off a blocker while chasing down Furman tailback Jerodis Williams with Missouri teammate Donovan Bonner (No. 21).

Carl Gettis get used to returning punts

Finding anywhere to run is proving difficult for Missouri's new punt returner Carl Gettis.

Cheering in the rain

Despite the downpour, Rock Bridge fans cheer on the Bruins during the Providence Bowl on Thursday at Memorial Stadium.

Columbia Housing Authority hopes to offer more computers for residents

Claudette Henderson is the "neighborhood mama, with no pay" she said. The bench on Allen Walkway is her favorite place from the Douglass Park area. She likes to play with the children there because it's a safe area, away from the streets and the cars. Henderson has 20 years of medical experience, but she intends to take a computer class offered by the Columbia Housing Authority to have the chance of getting a better job. The portrait was taken on Allen Walkway.

Rock Bridge running back Trey Millard runs against Hickman

Rock Bridge running back Trey Millard tries to escape the Hickman defense. Millard ran for two touchdowns on 144 yards rushing.

Running in the rain

Hickman junior wide receiver Wesley Leftwich is tackled by Rock Bridge defenders during the Providence Bowl.

QB slide

Hickman quarterback Matt Herman slides across a wet Faurot Field as he is tackled by a Rock Bridge defender.

Rock Bridge on the move

Rock Bridge quarterback Mark Pickerel tries to avoid a tackle by Hickman's Phil Boyer during the second half of the Providence Bowl.

Providence Bowl downpour

The Hickman Kewpies take the field in a downpour at the start of the Providence Bowl against the Rock Bridge Bruins on Thursday at Memorial Stadium.

Rock Bridge chest bump

Rock Bridge tight end Austin Ray (80) and wide receiver Nate Egharevba celebrate a play with a chest bump.

MU freshman golfer Brad Moody

Freshman golfer Brad Moody chips the ball onto the green during a Tigers practice Wednesday at The Club at Old Hawthorne. While in high school in Jefferson City, Moody won four of the five tournaments he participated in as a senior.

MU soccer player Bree Thornton

Senior Bree Thornton dribbles the ball around Edith Lopez during a Tigers practice Tuesday at Walton Field.

The SteelDrivers

The SteelDrivers, a bluegrass band with connections to Columbia, will play at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday.