Six talented Senior division acts (ages 13-21) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley’s 53rd annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on August 18.
The names, ages, hometowns and routines are:
Jonathan Haverdink, 18, Orange City, Cello Solo
Rhys Talbot, 21, Cedar Falls, Vocal Solo
Samantha Lau, 20; Shawnessy Lau, 16; Stephanie Lau, 18, New Hampton, Vocalists
Kaylie Horak, 14, Crawfordsville, Vocal Solo
Geena Pilcher, 19, Urbandale, Acro Dance
Emily Solo, 21, Clive, Vocal Solo
Acts competed statewide to qualify for competition in this year’s Talent Search. The championship round will take place on Sunday, August 19, at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi. Bill Riley, Jr. is once again hosting the show.
The first place winner will receive a prize of $7,500. The second and third place winners will be awarded $3,500 and $1,500, respectively. More than $15,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined.
“Nothing Compares” to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30thand East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visitiowastatefair.org.