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Bill Riley Talent Search - August 16

Bill Riley Talent Search - August 16

August 16, 2021

Four talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) and seven Senior division acts (ages 13-21) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley’s 61st annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 19, Friday, August 20 or Saturday, August 21.

The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the sprouts acts are:
Annie Hopkins, 11, Unionville, Guitar & Vocal Solo

Peyton Tiemeyer, 12, Earlham, Jazz Dance

Reegan Thomas, 12, Coon Rapids; Jenna Meadow, 12, Denison; Bailee Arkfeld, 12, Earling, Tap Dance

Savannah Song, 12, Windsor Heights, Violin

The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the senior acts are:

Abigail White, 18, Centerville, Tap Dance

Bailey Dorr, 16, Des Moines, Vocal Solo

David Michael Negley, 16, Winterset, Vocal

Emma Tollari, 16, Altoona, Lyrical Dance

Lindsey Sonderman, 14, Earling; Brylee Schechinger, 14, Harlan, Tap Dance Duet

Trey Smith, 19, Altoona, Jazz Dance

Kanyon Huntington, 18, Afton; Hannah Wisniewski, 17, Osceola, Clogging Duet

The Bill Riley Talent Search has put Iowa’s young talent on stages across the state each summer since 1960. Nearly 100 local qualifying competitions are held across the state and winners advance to the State Fair competition, where there are seven days of preliminary competition for Sprouts (ages 2-12) and Seniors (ages 13-21), followed by the semi-finals and, ultimately, the selection of one Senior Champion. The Sprouts do not compete beyond the semi-finals, but perform in the Championship Show as Sprout Champions set for Sunday, August 22 at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi and media sponsor iHeart Radio.

More than $20,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. The Bill Riley Talent Search is presented by Hy-Vee.