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Bird's eye view of the fair

A view of the carnival at the Boone County Fair taken from the top of the Ferris wheel. Fairgoers packed the carnival because admission was discounted to $10 for unlimited rides Wednesday, July 23.

Rides a favorite at the Boone County Fair

Brittany Westhues, 10; Trent Barrett, 13; Cole Burkett, 11, and Rachel Maun, 15, enjoy a ride at the fair on Wednesday, July 23.

At the Boone County Fair, encouragement fit for a queen

Sarah Carlisle, 2007 Boone County Fair queen, reminds the contestants to smile before heading to the stage for the evening wear portion of the competition.

Mere Mortals play at the 'Imagine the Farmers' Market Pavilion' party

Mere Mortals play for the "Imagine the Farmers’ Market Pavilion” party on Saturday. Organizers of the festival hoped to show the public what a permanent structure at the Columbia Farmers' Market would look like and to gain community interest.

Ben Clay of Les Bourgeois served Chinese barbecue at 'Imagine the Farmers' Market Pavilion'

Ben Clay of Les Bourgeois served Chinese barbecue to attendants of the "Imagine The Farmers' Market Pavilion" party. Local restaurateurs served free samples at the festival before a tour was given and lights were lit to help the crowd visualize the future layout of the proposed Columbia Farmers' Market pavilion.

Items in front of the Eagles Forge blacksmith booth at the Boone County Fair

Finished products sit on a table in front of the Eagles Forge blacksmith booth at the Boone County Fair on Saturday.

Scott Stager works to make part of a scrolling fork at the Boone County Fair

Scott Stager heats a piece of metal in a fire while making a scrolling fork, a tool for bending other pieces of metal, at the Eagles Forge blacksmith booth at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. At its hottest, the fire can reach temperatures of more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Denis Yates bends a piece of heated metal at the Boone County Fair

Denis Yates bends a piece of heated metal that will become a tool for other blacksmith work at the Eagles Forge blacksmith booth at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. "If you don't have the right tool, we just make it," Yates said.

Lauren Martin takes 5th place in the children's barbecue competition at the Boone County Fair

Lauren Martin, 3, holds her award with her grandmother, Debbie Martin, after winning 5th place in a children's barbecue competition at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. Lauren won the prize for making a Hawaiian turkey burger with her parents' help.

Kaitlyn Evans throws her disc into a basket at the Show-Me State Games

Kaitlyn Evans, 10, throws her disc into the basket at the end of a hole during the Show-Me State Games at Oakland Park on Saturday.

Kaitlyn Evans picks up a disc in Oakland Park during the Show-Me State Games

Kaitlyn Evans, 10, picks up her disc after marking her position with a smaller white disc during the Show-Me State Games at Oakland Park on Saturday. The marker allowed Evans to pick up her disc and clean it without losing her position.

Marck Schneider suggests a disc golf throw to Jack Lowen during the Show-Me State Games

Marck Schneider suggests a throw to Jack Lowen, 6, during the Show-Me State games at Oakland Park on Saturday. Lowen won second place in the disc golf tournament with a score of 58.

Kathie Lutz takes a break during a May 2008 tennis match

Kathie Lutz takes a break during her league doubles tennis match Tuesday night, May 13, 2008, at Cosmo Park. Lutz and her partner, Belinda Masters, are part of a US Tennis Association sanctioned league for women that are 35 and older.

Women's doubles tennis medalists at the Show-Me State Games

Gold medalists Kathie Lutz, third from left, and Belinda Masters, fourth from left, pose with the other medalists in the Women's Doubles Tennis Competition at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday.

Warren Funeral Chapel in Columbia

Attorney General Jay Nixon has asked Boone County Circuit Court to close Warren Funeral Chapel, 12 E. Ash St.

Faith Wright wins talent show junior division

Faith Wright, 8, celebrates with her mother after winning the Boone County Fair talent show. Faith performed a gymnastics routine.

Guilty Party performs at fair talent show

Isaac Baker, left, Austin Culbertson, center, and Ross Menefee perform "Enter Sandman" by Metallica. The band, called Guilty Party, is from Columbia.

Jarrod Turner plays and sings

Jarrod Turner, an aspiring session guitarist, made the talent show finals.

Anna Biswell in the spotlight

Anna Biswell performs during the Boone County Fair talent show finals.

Shooting at the Show-Me State Games, Photo 2

“Pull,” said Edward Ruehter when he was ready for a clay bird to be released from the trap. He pulled the trigger, and the bullet hit the target, shattering the clay bird. Ruehter shot down 46 of 50 clay birds.
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