Paydenn Shelton stands among her birthday decorations with her father, Cody Mason, right, before her birthday parade at January-Wabash Park in Ferguson, Missouri, March 6, 2021. Six-year-old Paydenn is battling a stage 4 neuroblastoma and could not have a typical birthday party due to COVID-19. Her mother and the Ferguson Police Department organized a drive-by parade for her, including the police, fire department and other community members.
A fan watches as Ethel Cain performs on the first day of the second weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival, Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.
Parkour athlete Micah Pengilly performs a backflip atop an abandoned fire watchtower near the Flathead Reservation in North West Montana, Sept. 8, 2019. Parkour is a growing sport in the region, where the varied environment and dramatic outdoor spaces allow interesting ways to display skills and movement.
Scare-actress Mary Peters, left, takes a break from makeup application while actor Bradley Lykins hurriedly applies his makeup in the green room of the Missoula Haunted House before opening night, Oct. 11, 2019. The haunted house is built from scratch in a warehouse every year, always with a different theme and design.
Full Circle Vintage Owner and boot-finder Joey Medina, right, fits Jan Bessette for a new pair of boots in his Lockhart store, June 30, 2023. Medina travels across Texas and the United States collecting vintage cowboy boots to repair and resell, giving them a second life and preserving Texas history. “I love finding someone their perfect pair of boots,” said Medina. “And I really get excited when someone comes through the door and they think we won’t have what they’re looking for… and we happen to have it.”
Pop-punk artist Machine Gun Kelly sings while hanging from the sound system high above the crowd gathered for his performance on the Honda Stage during the first day of the second week at the Austin City Limits Festival, Friday Oct. 8, 2021.
Lindsay Nicol, from Austin, smiles as she tries to down an entire slice during the watermelon eating contest at the 70th Annual Watermelon Thump in Luling, Texas, June 24, 2023.
KK Welch knocks a giant beach ball back toward her dad while playing in the alien-themed bounce houses at The Big Bounce America in Austin, Nov. 5, 2021. The touring event is the worlds largest of its kind, and features giant inflatable slides and bounce houses, as well as bounce sessions separated by age group.
Chaz Baker makes last-minute adjustments to his fancy dance regalia while his sister, Aislyn Baker, helps him braid his hair ahead of a small performance to open an event in Missoula, April 14, 2019. For the Bakers, dancing is a family affair. All three of Chaz Baker's siblings are competitive in several events at powwows and have been dancing since they were very young.
Brooke Westcarth, 3, grins while riding the motorcycle ride at the inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo in Taylor, Oct. 21, 2021.
Teddy Nichols, 7, helps load a pumpkin into a truck at the Pumpkins for the Pov pumpkin harvest, Sept. 26, 2020 in Missoula, Montana. The annual harvest brought about 25 volunteers together to pull nearly 2,000 pumpkins out of a field near Evans Tree Farm on Mullan Road. The pumpkins will be sold at around town to benefit the Poverello Center.
Various artists perform at Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2022.
University of Montana student Elijah Jalil dances to his song, "Sunrise" in Silver Park as the sun rises, Sept. 11, 2020 in Missoula, Montana.