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First-year shower carries awards

Kody Walters, 8, from Centralia 4-H, carries awards he won during the Boone County Fair Junior Breeding Sheep Show on Wednesday morning. It is Walters' first year showing sheep.

Ewes wait to be shown

Two ewes stand waiting to be shown at the Boone County Fair's Junior Breeding Sheep Show on Wednesday morning. A row of stalls, set up in the background, stand ready for the evening's fair.

Cyclists arrive at hotel Wednesday

Max Patnoe, Matt Schmidt and Mike Keough arrive at their hotel in Columbia after riding from Sedalia that morning in the latest leg of their cross-country bike ride Wednesday. The participants in the "Journey of Hope" ride are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. The participants hope to raise money and promote public understanding of the issues facing disabled Americans.

Students rest after bicycle ride

Iowa State student Francis Nguyen speaks to one of his fellow riders as they rest at the end of their day's ride from Sedalia to Columbia on Wednesday. The 22 cyclists and six crew members are participating in the cross-country ride as part of a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity service project.

Cyclists refuel

Matt Schmidt, right, refills on calories with his fellow cyclists Wednesday after riding from Sedalia that morning in the latest leg of their cross-country bike journey to raise money and promote public understanding of the issues facing disabled Americans. The participants in the "Journey of Hope" ride are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Cyclists welcome fellow riders

Mike Keough and Matt Schmidt welcome their fellow cross-country cyclists arriving at their hotel Wednesday in Columbia after riding from Sedalia that morning. The participants in the "Journey of Hope" ride are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity who are raising money and participating in service projects to promote public understanding of the issues facing disabled Americans.

Meat goats becoming more popular

Glenda DeShon pets the goat she and her husband Jeff call "Greeter" for her friendly nature on Wednesday in a pasture behind their home off of Route Z in Columbia. The DeShons' original herd of 26 goats has grown to about 120 head since they began raising them for meat two years ago.

Mother goat protects kid

A female goat stands protectively near her three-week-old kid in a stable housing the younger animals in the DeShons' herd.

3-D design class makes plywood animals

Lauren Baker sits next to her artistic creation, a plywood snail sculpture, created during her summer course in 3-D design at MU. Baker's sculpture and those of her classmates are on display on the lawn of the MU Fine Arts Building. "The hardest part was working in wood and using power tools," Baker said. The class's next project is to create functional cardboard chairs.

Several at Fire Protection District promoted to lieutenant

Tim Sweezer, Theron Marcellus, Matt Stone, Bob Bias, Clint Walker, Daniel Mueller and Ashton Lake stand in front of Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters' "Perseverance" statue Wednesday after being promoted to lieutenant.

Obama's health care conference

President Barack Obama answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday.

Finger-nibbling goat

A goat nibbles on the fingers of Kassie Rankin, 12, of Midway before the Meat Goat Show at the Boone County Fair on Monday.

Keeping them steady

Makayla Scheetz, 10, of Hallsville, her brother Cole Scheetz, 9, and Aurielle Sisson-Whitt, 18, of Columbia try to control their goats before the Meat Goat Show at the Boone County Fair on Monday.

Not-so-little rascal

Aurielle Sisson-Whitt, 18, of Columbia walks "Rascal" back to his pen after the Meat Goat Show at the Boone County Fair on Monday. Whitt won fifth place with her 74-pound goat.

Fair fiddlers continue Missouri tradition

Dale Pauley of Columbia warms up during the Fiddler's Frolic at the Boone County Fair. He's playing a Guarnerius, a fiddle given to him by his father. Attendees were welcome to dance to the music as fiddlers took their turns on stage.

Fiddling has deep roots in Missouri

Walter Mountjoy, 85, of Columbia waits with his grandson Kyle Pudenz, 16, of Columbia for their turn to perform during the Fiddler's Frolic at the Boone County Fair.

Fiddler's Frolic brings all ages

Jim Thaxter (right), a member of the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers, leads Linda Karns (center), Brad Roby and Molly White in a square dance while musicians take their turns on stage during the Fiddler's Frolic at the Boone County Fair.

Charlie the baby liger of Woody's Menagerie

Charlie is a baby liger, a lion and tiger mix, in Woody's Menagerie. Owner Greg Woody keeps ligers until they reach adulthood. He then sells the ligers to large animal breeders.

Long-tailed porcupine of Woody's Menagerie

Amanda Davis of Oregon holds a long-tailed porcupine during Woody's Menagerie, a wildlife entertainment program, at the Boone County Fair.

Benny the monkey of Woody's Menagerie

Benny, a monkey in Greg Woody's Menagerie, is displayed during a show at the Boone County Fairgrounds during the Menagerie's first show Tuesday.
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