Mowing space

Norlan Hackman mows space Sept. 30 for pumpkins to be placed for the upcoming Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival. The annual festival starts Saturday.

Waiting for adoption

Sebastian, an 8-month-old black lab, awaits a possible owner to adopt him Sunday afternoon at the Central Missouri Humane Society.


Cats and kittens occupy every space available at the Central Missouri Humane Society on Sunday afternoon. Overcrowding has recently been a larger problem than usual at the Humane Society.

Blessings for rascal

Pastor Jim Bryan blesses Rascal, who was brought to the Missouri United Church’s Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday afternoon by his owner, Megan Rodgers. Rascal is a Lhatese, a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Maltese.

Curling together for a nap

From left, three 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Sherri, Susie and Syra, curl up together for a nap at Central Missouri Humane Society on Sunday afternoon. The recent influx of animals has led to overcrowding, with two or more dogs per kennel.

Looking to adopt

From left, Chableigh Madsen, Shannon Gipson and Nevaeh Gipson look to adopt a dog Sunday afternoon at the Central Missouri Humane Society. A 4-month-old female rat terrier eagerly looks for attention.

Celebrities show support for Obama

Actress Aisha Tyler hands a voter registration form to a student at the Vote for Change event on Lowry Mall in front of Ellis Library on MU’s campus Oct. 4. Tyler, along with Taye Diggs and his wife, Idina Menzel, spoke to the Columbia crowd in support of Barack Obama and to promote voter registration among college students.

Harstsburg Pumpkin Festival

Ryan Womack, left, and Tim Mumpower carry a pumpkin out of a 40 acre farm in Hartsburg on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008. The pumpkins were being collected in preparation for the annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival starting on October 11.

MU defense buckles down

MU safety William Moore snags Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz for a sack.

Buddy Guy

Festival attendees line multiple levels of the parking garage at Eighth and Cherry streets Saturday night during Buddy Guy's performance.

Nebraska's hopes start high

Nebraska fans let the Cornhuskers know they're behind them during the early moments of Saturday's game against Missouri.

Jaron Baston celebrates sack of Nebraska QB

Missouri defensive lineman Jaron Baston (96) celebrates with his teammates after sacking Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz in Saturday's victory over the host Cornhuskers.

Missouri fans cheer Tigers' victory in Nebraska

Missouri fans cheer the Tigers' victory in Nebraska — the first for Missouri on the Cornhuskers' field since 1978.

From a distance

Patrons of the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ festival flocked to the parking garage on 8th and Cherry to get a better view of the Tab Benoit performance Saturday afternoon in Columbia.

Roots 'N' Blues from a higher perspective

Paul Dunn helps his son Josh, 5, balance on a pair of stilts. The family from Desoto, Kan., competed in the BBQ competition at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

Dancing in the park

Allie Lindley and Brian Weiss dance in front of the stage at Peace Park Friday night during the Roots N Blues Festival.


Brian Schmidt of Good Time Charlie's cooks jambalaya Friday evening at the Roots N Blues Festival.

Popcorn professional

Dee Stidham of Columbia cooks Kettle Corn at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. Bags of the sweet popcorn sold for $5.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' Balloons

From left, Clinton and Laurie Painter hand balloons to their children Jeffrey and Brooke Painter at the Susan G. Komen tent at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday night.

Friendly competitors

Paul Dunn and team members of Dunn Up BBQ and Bugs-B-Que have a toast of "Apple Pie" on Friday night at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.