Dan Rhoades, of Centralia, finishes up a shearing job Monday on one of seven sheep he and his family brought to the fair this year. All three of the Rhoades’ children, Shane, 11, Bethanay, 7, and Adam, 5, will show in sheep competitions this week at the Missouri State Fair.
Sheep judge Ed Julian inspects a Corriedale fall ram owned by Jenny Milligan, right, as Kayle Neimeier, of Columbia, looks on during sheep competitions at the fairgrounds on Monday.
Deepwater resident Dori Semler sits in front of a spinning wheel near the Sheep Pavilion on Monday. Semler, a member of the Osage Spinners Guild, shears wool from sheep she raises then spins it into yarn with the wheel, a technique used for centuries.