ToM 2008: Stage 5 start in St. James

The 2008 Tour of Missouri is clearly gaining momentum as it rolls across the state. The folks in St. James put on a tremendous community effort to create a festival around today's start line--and effort that, to my eyes, brought the single largest crowd to a single point in the tour so far.

I heard estimates of the crowd size of the St. James start and expo areas of over 15,000--and the population of St. James itself is only about 6,000! They had 422 volunteers out today.

As the photos show, they certainly know how to put on a great time.

Complete photos from the St James start are here, or slideshow here. Selected photos below:

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