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Racing through the woods

Ellen Scipione races in the women's mountain biking competition Sunday in the Show-Me State Games at Rock Bridge State Park.

Mountain biking race starts

Kevin Bonney, left, Spencer Lowden, center, and Tanner Czaicki start biking Sunday in the Show-Me-State Games mountain biking competition. Lowden, who races with his family, crashed into a tree and did not finish.

Nerves before Society Horse Show

Melissa Williamson mounts Rocky, a horse at Wildwood Stables, before a class on Saturday evening at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Before a show she gets nervous, but the excitement of the show usually settles her down.

Riding around the barn

Melissa Williamson rides Rocky in preparation for the Society Horse Show on Saturday at the Boone County Fair.

Melissa Williamson rides Rocky

Melissa Williamson rides Rocky, a horse at Wildwood Stables, in Hallsville on Saturday evening at the Boone County Fair Society Horse Show. Williamson has her own horse, but because of her expertise she also rides other horses in the barn.

Hemingway look-alike

David Douglas, center, beams after winning the 2009 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike contest late Saturday at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Douglas, a 55-year-old Cypress, Texas, mechanical contractor, won the contest that chooses the man that best emulates Ernest Hemingway. Douglas, who won after eight tries, is surrounded by previous Hemingway look-alike winners. The event was a highlight of the six-day Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, honoring the author who lived in Key West in the 1930s.

Lift off at the tractor pull

The only female driver in her division, Deanna Collin competes Saturday in the Boone County Fair's truck and tractor pull.

Pouring on the power at tractor pull

Jefferson City's Greg Braun puts his tractor into action Saturday night at the Boone County Fair's tractor pull.

Speeding down the track

Jack Uhrig, right, of Marshall competes in the 100-meter dash Saturday at the Show-Me State Games.

Adult Talent Show winner

Kelley Marchbanks celebrates winning the Adult Talent Show at the Boone County Fair on Saturday.

Hitting a high note

Kelly Marchbanks won the Adult Talent Show at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. She sang "The Wizard and I" from the musical "Wicked."

Toe-tapping finish

Brittany Marso finished third in the Adult Talent Show at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. Marso performed "Dancing Fool."

Sweet music

Violinist Tamara Kitchen placed second in the Adult Talent Show at the Boone County Fair on Saturday.

Leaping into action at the Show-Me State Games

Steve Terry of Lexington competes in the long jump Saturday at the Show-Me State Games.

Horsing around with Checkers

Melissa Williamson, a competitor at the 63rd Boone County Fair Society Horse Show, plays with her horse Checkers after he ate a peppermint on Saturday. At 17 hands high, Checkers is the largest horse in the barn and towers over Williamson and the other horses.

Baby giraffe is a hit

Megan Haas scratches a baby giraffe's chin as her 11-month-old son, Jayden Haas, watches from her arms. "I love giraffes. He is why we came to the fair today!" Haas said.

Feeding the pigs

Allison Blansett, 9, teachers her little sister Allissa Blansett, 4, how to feed a potbellied pig at the exotic animal petting zoo. Potbellied pigs are native to Vietnam and are generally smaller than domestic pigs in the United States.

Baby giraffe will grow to 18 feet

A 5-month-old giraffe was a popular attraction at the exotic animal petting zoo at the Boone County Fair on Friday. Although this giraffe is still small enough to travel with the petting zoo, a worker said he's expected to grow to about 18 feet tall.

Feeding exotic animal friends

Thomas Wiseman, 2, feeds a cow at the exotic animal petting zoo at the Boone County Fair on Friday.

Fleecy animal friend

A baby brown alpaca watches as children go from cage to cage looking at the animals. The alpaca is part of the exotic animal petting zoo at the Boone County Fair. Alpacas have fleecy wool that can grow up to 2 feet long. They are smaller than llamas and are now domesticated animals.
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