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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.

Jambalaya

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.

Preparing meat

George Lynn of Memphis, Tenn., prepares meat for the grill. Lynn competed with the Crispy Critters group at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival barbecue competition.

Flat Branch Park tunes

Members of the John D'Agostino band perform on the stage in Flat Branch Park during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

Tammy Pryor BBQ

Barb Sonderman enjoys her BBQ meal she bought at the Tammy Pryor BBQ stand during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday afternoon.

Potato chips

Potato chips were fried while customers waited at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ at Peace Park

Aubrey and Lori Ghent perform at the Peace Park stage.

James "Slim" Hand

James "Slim" Hand performs on Friday at the 8th and Cherry streets stage downtown at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. He has played country music for more than 40 years and has appeared at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.

Enjoying a barbecue meal

Barb Sonderman enjoys the barbecue meal she bought at the Tammy Pryor barbecue stand during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday afternoon.

Vendors sell more than barbecue

Besides barbecue, some vendors offer real potato chips — potatoes sliced and fried in front of your eyes.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' Tambourine

Shannon Diaz plays her tambourine at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival rehearsal on Friday afternoon. Diaz is a member of the band The Record Collector.

Practicing her tunes

Andrea Kanevsky practices her tunes at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival rehearsal on Friday afternoon. Kanevsky is a member of the band The Record Collector.

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Strong safety Quan Hord Bush runs the ball down the field but was unsuccessful in scoring Friday night in Hickman's 41-0 loss to Rockhurst at Robert M. LeMone Field.

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Rock Bridge's Jason Carmichael goes after Helias's offense in a 45-13 loss Friday at Helias High.

Trying for a sustainable lifestyle

Jennifer Enders and Brett Wilbanks pick a bowl of Vidalia onions at the Farmers Market in Columbia. The couple does not own a car and eat locally grown foods almost exclusively.

Paul A. Albert

Paul A. Albert at the Gasconade River near Lebanon when he was about 21 years old.
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