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Bill Riley Talent Search Shows Archive

Talent has been abundant at the Bill Riley Talent Search. Acts have ranged from contemporary dance, to oboe solos, to ventriloquists, to vocalists and more. Peruse the Iowa State Fair's archive to see if you know anyone who has won the show-stopping award.

    YEARPERFORMERWINNING TOWNTYPE OF ACT

    2021

    Lily Gast

    Cedar Falls

    Vocal Solo

    2019

    Samuel Fine

    Johnston

    Contemporary Dance

    2018

    Ana Yam

    Ames

    Piano Solo

    2017

    Ridge McGinley

    Pella

    Lyrical Ballet

    2016

    Shana Liu

    Urbandale

    Piano Solo

    2015

    Britta Fults

    Rowley

    Vocalist

    2014

    Roberto Gemignani

    Gilbert

    Piano Solo

    2013

    Adrian Oldenburger

    Altoona

    Ballet

    2012

    Micah Wright

    West Des Moines

    Clarinetist

    2011

    Chelsea Wang

    West Des Moines

    Solo Pianist

    2010 (Juniors)

    Daniel Burgess

    Iowa City

    Solo Pianist

    2010 (Seniors)

    Isaac Marvin Stauffer

    Wayland

    Tap/Acrobat

    2009 (Juniors)

    Laura Jean Perry

    Shenandoah

    Tap Soloist

    2009 (Seniors)

    Paul Child

    Des Moines

    Solo Pianist

    2008

    Alex Bogh

    Adam Bogh

    Michael McAndrew

    Jeremy Gussin

    Michael Penick

    Coralville

    Coralville

    Coralville

    Iowa City

    Iowa City

    Vocal Quintet

    2007

    Zach Villa

    Clinton

    Tap Dancer

    2006

    Amanda Hardy

    Prole

    Oboe Solo

    2005

    Stephanie March

    Sioux City

    Cellist

    2004

    Diana Reed

    Norwalk

    Baton Performance

    2003

    Alexander Van Dorpe

    Iowa City

    Cellist

    2002

    Thomas McCargar

    Pleasant Hill

    Vocalist

    2001

    John Moore

    Milford

    Vocal

    2000

    Chris Petersen

    Earlham

    Tap

    1999

    Luke & Jamie Freml

    Denison

    Tap

    1998

    Eddie Neimann

    Fort Dodge

    Pianist

    1997

    David Swindler

    Cedar Falls

    Pianist

    1996

    Lisa Dondlinger

    Violinist

    Des Moines

    1995

    Jennifer Wibben

    Flutist

    Bondurant

    1994

    Bryan Eyberg

    Pianist

    Creston

    1993

    Chad Trierweiler

    Tap

    Denison

    1992

    John Osborn

    Vocalist

    Sioux City

    1991

    Mark Wilson

    Vocalist

    Hartford

    1990

    Mistie Metten

    Pointe Toe Dancer

    Ankeny

    1989

    Andrew Tam

    Pianist

    Jewell

    1988

    Charlotte Brekke

    Lyrical Ballet

    Klemme

    1987

    David Raim

    Vocalist

    North Liberty

    1986

    James Leonard

    Vocalist

    Waukee

    1985

    Katy McGee

    Modern Jazz

    Jefferson

    1984

    Brett Baker

    Dennis Lee

    Doug Morse

    Brad Wright

    Quartet

    Mason City

    Mason City

    Mason City

    Mason City

    1983

    Heide Brende

    Pianist

    Decorah

    1982

    Doug Cline

    Dennis Goodwin

    Aaron Kjenaas

    Tom Lee

    Quartet

    Cherokee

    Cherokee

    Cherokee

    Cherokee

    1981

    Anthony Turner

    Vocalist

    Des Moines

    1980

    Alan Cemore

    Cedar Falls

    Vocalist

    1979

    Linda Wadle

    Indianola

    Vocalist

    1978

    Paul Munsen

    Story City

    Magician

    1977

    Kem Poyner

    Waterloo

    Ventriloquist

    1976

    Bill Whittenberg, Jr.

    Washington

    Vocalist

    1975

    Joel Mosher

    Des Moines

    Vocalist

    1974

    Linda Wilson

    Cedar Falls

    Baton

    1973

    Patti Whiting

    West Des Moines

    Vocalist

    1972

    Bill Nolan

    Guthrie Center

    Vocalist

    1971

    Linda McDonald

    West Des Moines

    Vocalist

    1970

    Kim Sienkiewicz

    Des Moines

    Vocalist

    1969

    David DeHamer

    Des Moines

    Vocalist

    1968

    Kay Bruce

    Hastings

    Acrobat

    1967

    Bill Lauritzen

    Des Moines

    Vocalist

    1966

    Denny Naughton

    Pocahontas

    Ventriloquist

    1965

    Duilio Mordini

    Madrid

    Accordionist & Vocal

    1964

    Beverly Vratny

    Sac City

    Ventriloquist

    1963

    Jack Briggs

    Grand Junction

    Vocalist

    1962

    Susan Hoppes

    Redfield

    Vocalist

    1961

    Phyllis Surber

    Linda Surber

    Virginia Surber

    Carolyn Surber

    What Cheer

    What Cheer

    What Cheer

    What Cheer

    Gospel Quartet

    1960

    Bill Bond

    Des Moines

    Accordion

    1960

    Jeff Jeffries

    Des Moines

    Accordion

    1950

    Bill Gay

    Des Moines

    Vocalist (Radio)