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.

Dakota the wolf of Woody's Menagerie

Amanda Davis kisses Dakota the wolf during Woody's Menagerie at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

Glowgolf business has initial success

From left, Ryan Asbury, Sorsha Smith, Adam Kidwell and Tori Buxton take time to celebrate Sara and Toni Buxton's birthdays with a round of put-put. Glowgolf in the Columbia Mall is growing in popularity in only its third month of being in business. The facility's black lights illuminate the artwork on the walls, the golf balls and the putters.

The Art of Hair

Maja Jaszczynska cuts the hair of Brett Hathaway, 6, at Art of Hair on East Broadway on July 3. Jaszczynska has owned and operated the business since January.

Plato's Closet offers brand-name clothing for less

Rows of jeans line the aisles of Plato's Closet in Columbia, which celebrated its grand opening on July 7. The retail franchise specializes in the purchase and resale of "gently used" brand name clothing.

Loma Vista Hardware opens new location

Longboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories are all available for purchase at Loma Vista Hardware, a skateboard shop which has opened a new location at the mall in Columbia.

Boone County Fair carnival rides

Two fair workers walk down the stretch of carnival rides at Boone County Fair. After a long day of rain Tuesday, fairgoers attended later in the evening.

Keaira Rubble performs at talent show

Keaira Rubble, 12, performs Kellie Pickler's "Red High Heels" during the Junior Division of the Boone County Fair Talent Show, held Tuesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.