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Bill Riley Talent Search - August 21

Bill Riley Talent Search - August 21

August 21, 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:

Chloe Anderson, 21, Washburn, Vocal Solo

Jinessa Lewis, 17, Schleswig, Tap Solo

Lily Gast, 21, Cedar Falls, Vocal Solo

Sprout Champions

Mia Olson, 9, West Des Moines, Ventriloquist

Emma Strayer, 11, Davenport, Musical Theater Acrobatic 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.

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The Iowa State Fair is one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country and the single largest event in the state. The Fair began over 160 years ago and is now considered one of the best events in the nation, attracting more than one million Fairgoers every year from all over the world. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University, just off the interstate and minutes from Downtown Des Moines. How Do You Fair? August 12-22, 2021. For more information, visit