Caricature artist Jim Dyke, also a cartoonist for the Jefferson City News Tribune, draws Cordelia Minnis, left, and Kayla Sherrill, both of Oak Grove, Tuesday. Dyke had his tent set up to the north of the Pepsi Grandstand and said he’s been attending the Missouri State Fair for 20 years.
Playing in the dirt with a toy dump truck, Chris Kirk, 9, left, Hunter Nguyen, 6, and Dawson, Nguyen, 7, not shown, all of Sedalia, passed the time away Tuesday at the Missouri State Fair. The boys were outside playing while their parents were close by in the Missouri State Fair Merchandise tent, next to the Pepsi Grandstand.
Looking patriotic, Debra Rainey, of Webster County, mans the Missouri Democrat Booth Tuesday at the MSF. Rainey said each day the group posts a new question at the booth and visitors can answer by placing a bean in a “yes” or “no” jar.
“This is how sailors stayed active on their ships,” Polecat Annie, aka Mary Lee, of Concordia, told children Tuesday at the MSF. She was busy teaching children about pioneer and Indian games dating from the 1800s to the 1500s. “Juggling teaches them hand and eye coordination — no batteries needed,” she added.
A friendly stick pony brightened up the horse barns at the MSF Tuesday. The pony was attached to a carriage possibly announcing the draft horse shows beginning today.
Seeming to mimic the stick pony, on the opposite side of the fairgrounds, Cowboy, a Shetland pony, waits for children to have their photos made with him Friday behind the Children’s Barnyard. Cowboy was part of a group ponies from LBR Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas, that offers rides to children at the Fair. The ranch has been coming to the MSF for 26 years.
Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat