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Bill Riley Talent Search: August 20

Bill Riley Talent Search: August 20

August 20, 2021

Three talented Senior division acts (ages 13-21) have advanced to the Championship round in Bill Riley’s 61st annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Sunday, August 22. Two Sprout acts were crowned champions.


The names, ages, hometowns and routines are:

Lucy Gannon, 15, West Des Moines, Piano Solo

Ashlyn Herrig, 16, Jordyn Linn, 15, Mary Clare Matthews, 16, Denison; Elli Heiden, 15, Schleswig, Acro Quartet

Claire Hoeg,18, Wapello, Musical Theater Vocal Solo

Sprout Champions

Annie Hopkins, 11 Unionville, Guitar & Vocal Solo

Reegan Thomas, 12, Coon Rapids; Jenna Meadows, 12, Denison; Bailee Arkfeld, 12, Westphalia; Tap Dance

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.