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Kickboxer and trainer

Luis Duran, left, practices with trainer Bill Rastorfer at Dojo Studio on July 20, 2009. Duran has been working with Rastorfer for seven months.

Kickboxer in training

Luis Duran shadowboxes at Dojo Studio on July 20, 2009. Duran is preparing for a match in August.

Carnival games

A group of people play carnival games during wristband night at the Boone County Fair on Wednesday. Wristband night is the most popular evening at the carnival, many more people come out to experience the carnival rides on wristband night because the wristband costs only $10 for unlimited rides until 10 p.m.

Scrubbing the wool

Ashley McKinlay-Remus, 17, scrubs down Agneaux, a market lamb, before entering the Junior Market Lamb competition at the Boone County Fair on Tuesday. Though Agneaux did not place, she will be auctioned along with the rest of the competing field during the Junior Livestock Auction at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Dad's work is never done

Chad West of Hallsville does touch-up shearing on his son's lamb before the Junior Market Lamb competition on Tuesday at the Boone County Fair. Lambs are shorn the day of the event, and washed and groomed prior to entry.

Tyler Martin shows ewe at Junior Sheep Show

Tyler Martin, 17, shows a dorset ewe at the Boone County Fair's Junior Breeding Sheep Show on Wednesday morning. Chad Price, an FFA instructor from Marshall, was the judge and announcer for the show.

Kody Walters holds down his sheep

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

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.
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