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Nigerians of Yoruba ethnic group meet in Columbia

Nigerians of the Yoruba ethnic group, from places such as Kansas City and St. Louis, met to celebrate their culture at the American Legion post in Columbia on Saturday.

Food at Egbe Omo Oduduwa

Women of the mid-Missouri Nigerian cultural organization, Egbe Omo Oduduwa, serve various African dishes during their annual celebration at the American legion. Joni Koyejo, is married to a Nigerian and wears the traditional headdress. "The girls fix me up every year," Koyejo said.

Becky Oyelola at Egbe Omo Oduduwa

Becky Oyelola dances during the Egbe Omo Oduduwa celebration on Saturday. A live band from Houston known as the African Homebeats played at the event.

Singing and dancing at Egbe Omo Oduduwa

Tajudeen "TJ" Soyoye, Becky Oyelola and Juliet Ogungbade sing and dance during a live band performance at the annual celebration of mid-Missouri's Nigerian cultural association, Egbe Omo Oduduwa. This year marked the tenth year of the organization.

Detective Perkins presents coaster to Gov. Nixon

Boone County Sheriff's Department detective Tracy Perkins presents a coaster to Gov. Jay Nixon in the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where Nixon appeared to announce grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime on Monday.

Detective Anderson introduces Gov. Nixon

Boone County Sheriff's Department detective Andy Anderson introduces Gov. Jay Nixon at the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where Nixon appeared to announce grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime on Monday.

Nixon announces cyber crime grants

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks to Boone County law enforcement in the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where he announced grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime, on Monday. Nixon chuckled as he recalled how the first Missouri cyber crime search warrant was signed at a barn on the hood of a truck because the judge was working at his farm that day.

Columbia Housing Authority applies for stimulus grant for Oak Towers

Mary Bittle is a second-floor resident of Oak Towers on Garth Avenue. The Columbia Housing Authority applied for two stimulus grants to improve the Towers for ADA renovations.

The Bubbas place second

The Bubbas — Boys Using Bass, Beat And Sound — is composed of Patrick Henry, Christian Henry and Jason Mathews. The group placed second in the Boone County Fair Band Talent show.

Audience helps the winner with cheers

The crowd at the Boone County Fair Band Talent show cheers for the first band, Parker Hall. This year, the winners were chosen based on judges' marks as well as on audience cheers.

Johnson wins at Indy

Jimmie Johnson crosses the start/finish line on his way to winning the NASCAR Allstate 400 on Sunday at the Brickyard auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.

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.
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