Performers Dance to the next round of Bill Riley Talent Search
August 12, 2018
Five talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) and six Senior division acts (ages 13-21) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley’s 59th annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 16, Friday, August 17 or Saturday, August 18.
The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the sprouts acts are:
Lucy Gannon, 11, West Des Moines, Piano Solo
Shelby Warwick, 11, Johnston, Dance: Contemporary
Riley Gibson (12) and Sarah Westergaard (12), Panora, Musical Theater Duet
Lauren Carney, 12, Parkersburg, Vocal Solo
Sophie Beenken, 12, Mt Pleasant, Lyrical Dance
The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the senior acts are:
Emily LeFevre (15) and Cale Schmitz (15), Clear Lake, Dance: Musical Theater Duet
Caroline “Cari” Walton, 16, Waukee, Sing/Dance
Abbie Martin (14), Hailey Martin (13) and Aubrie Massie (14), Underwood, Dance: Clog Trio
Ana Yam, 15, Ames, Piano Solo
Cali Wilson, 17, Norwalk, Dance: Lyrical Solo
Jillian Hess, 16, Johnston, Vocal Solo
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 19 at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi and media sponsor CW Iowa 23.
More than $17,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. The Bill Riley Talent Search is presented by Hy-Vee.
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Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. “Nothing Compares” to State Fair Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.