A group braving the rain at the BBQ festival

A group of people walk down 5th St. with BBQ and beers at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival in Columbia on Saturday, Sep. 26.


People take cover under a tree and under ponchos at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday in Peace Park. Many people came prepared for the possibility of rain and brought umbrellas and rain gear. They ended up needing it around 4 p.m. when the rain finally fell.

Phil Bradley is Missouri's new assistant softball coach

Phil Bradley, right, stands in the dugout with Shana White, left, Lisa Simmons and Marla Scheisberger during the Tigers' game against North Central on Saturday in Columbia.

Rain doesn't mean blues for festival-goers

Claire Rash, 3, waits to be helped into her parent's car downtown at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Her mother Jacqueline Rash said the rain was not the reason for leaving, as they were only heading home for a few hours and would return to the festival for dinner.

The Itals rock Columbia residents with reggae

Paul Searles cheers on the Itals, a reggae vocal group based out of Jamaica's Westmoreland Parish, following their performance Saturday night. The Itals are currently on tour across the U.S.

Vendors set up to fulfill Columbian's cravings

Wesley Moyston keeps an eye on the meats at the Jamaican Jerk Hut station Saturday, on Cherry Street. The Jamaican Jerk Hut was one of about a dozen food vendors at the festival this year.

Festival draws a wide variety of musical acts

Texas country singer James Hand performs Saturday, on the stage at Seventh and Locust Streets during the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Hand, who has appeared on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, also played at the Whole Hog Lounge for the VIP guests.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ attendees brave rain

Greg Kreek watches Junior Brown play his set at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday. Kreek and his four friends took cover under a giant yellow umbrella, but his glasses still got rain drops all over them.

Roots 'N Blues audience stays despite rain

In this Missourian file photo, Junior Brown, a singer at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival, plays a lick at the Mediacom Stage at Peace Park for a wet audience on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ vendor protects his food from the rain

Scott Baxley cooks up weiners at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday. Baxley covered the hot dogs with an umbrella to save them from the rain before serving them to customers.

Blues Festival has Columbians returning for more

Columbia resident Shelly Ramsey surveys the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Fifth Street on Saturday. Ramsey has been coming to the festival for three years now, and says she "always has a great time."

Balloon artist makes hat at Roots 'N Blues

Balloon artist Mike Martin and Columbia resident Beverly Bell help place a balloon hat on 8-year-old Nikki Williams' head on Saturday, outside of Flat Branch Park during the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Bell said the wait for balloon creations was an hour long.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ contestant prepares food

Up in Smoke barbecue team member William Bryan slices sausage at the team's station before the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival judging on Saturday. The team, which is from Marshall, has been barbecuing together for about 15 years.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ - Judging

Certified judges for the Roots 'N Blues barbecue contest Susie Bishop and Wayne Reynolds take a rib and pass it down during the second round of judging on Saturday. Judges evaluated samples from the 54 competing barbecue teams based on taste, tenderness and appearance. "To win the overall grand champion prize of $2,500, a team must enter the first four categories of chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket," said Roots 'N Blues Barbecue Coordinator Jori Rose. Teams could also choose to enter the fifth dessert category.

Columbia runner places third in Roots 'n Blues 10K

Tony Rigdon of Columbia placed third in the Roots 'n Blues 10K. Both the 10K and a half marathon took place Saturday morning as a part of the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival.

Families show support for Roots 'n Blues runners

Aubrey Sanders, 8, Katya Johnson, 5, Ainsley Sanders, 5, Chris Sanders and Lanny Johnson, 10, eagerly wait for Kristyn Sanders and Jackie Johnson to finish the Roots 'N Blues Half Marathon and 10K Saturday morning. The rain couldn't keep families from supporting the runners.


Marissa Jo Daniel, a senior at Missouri, will represent the university at the Regional Collegiate competition in Carbondale, Ill, this weekend

Roots 'N Blues holds half marathon

Runners break from the starting line of the Roots 'N Blues Half Marathon, which took place at 7 a.m. Saturday despite rainy conditions. A 10K race was also held.

MU Football - Gerau

Missouri's Brandon Gerau tries to get through the Nevada defense on Friday night in Reno, Nevada. The Tigers beat the Wolfpack 31-21.

The Bel Airs - Pruitt Brothers

Dave Pruitt (left) and Dick Pruitt (right) of The Bel Airs sing during a performance on the community stage at Flat Branch Park during the first nght of the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival.