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Lightning, heavy rains cause power outages

The overnight thunderstorm left puddles at the Boone County Fair. As of Tuesday afternoon, fair officials said the fair would be open Tuesday evening, though the carnival rides and car racing events have been canceled because of muddy conditions.

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Cody Cook, the grandson of Missourian employee Eddie Cook, showed his goats at the Boone County Fair on Monday. This is the sign that hangs at his goat pen.

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A look at Cody Cook's goats.

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Another of the goats.

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Cody shows a goat with Madison's help.

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Showing the goat.

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Jennifer Ledbury

Missourian staffer tries out for a spot on 'Top Model'

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Primary primer: Barb Bishop runs for county assessor

Barb Bishop speaks to the crowd at the Boone County Democrats Day event at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Big 12 football gaining respect

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel answers questions during Big 12 Football Media Days on Monday in Kansas City. Missouri just missed a chance at playing for the national championship after losing to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship. But the Tigers still finished fourth in the final poll after routing Arkansas 38-7 in the Cotton Bowl to cap off a 12-2 season.

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Allison Easton, 19, stores extra doll prizes at the top of her booth. Easton is a student at the University of West Florida but is originally from Alberta, Ala. She travels through summer with the carnival and her friend, Brittany Lowery, whose family owns the booth.

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Cooper Martin cleans and prepares his goats for the Junior Meat and Dairy Goat Show at the Boone County Fair on Monday. Martin's family owns and operates the Red Head Acres. The meat goats seen here are enjoying a snack and drink before the competition.

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Michelle Hammons of Sedalia sets up her food booth at the Boone County Fair on Monday. Hammons travels with her booth during the summer but does not follow the carnival. She will be located on the main strip for the duration of the fair.

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A Sitrex hay rake sits among a cluster of equipment at the Boone County Fair.

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Samantha Doubell fills up the machine gun game at the Boone County Fair on Monday. Doubell travels with the "Machine Gun" booth but is originally from South Africa. "I like to travel all the time," Doubell said of her trip to Columbia. "I don't want to be stuck in one place."

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Suzanne Mitchell puts up prizes in her balloon bus before the official opening of the Boone County Fair on Monday. Mitchell's family has been in the carnival business for three generations. She travels to fairs across the Midwest in warm months and does concessions for Mardi Gras every February.

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Camels and ponies are available for rides at Hedrick's petting Zoo at the Boone County Fair.

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Dozens of cured hams were set on display at the Boone County Fair Ham Show. The fair opened to the public Monday with carnival rides, a goat show and a fair queen pageant.

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Timothy Nowlin, 6, of Centralia, delivers a speech during the Little Mister Boone County Fair Contest. Nowlin won the competition.
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