Riley Competition Heats Up at the Iowa State Fair
August 14, 2017
Five talented Senior division acts (ages 13-21) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley’s 58th annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 17, Friday, August 18 or Saturday, August 19.
The names, ages, hometowns and routines are:
Abbie Martin, 13, Underwood, IA, Hailey Martin, 11, Underwood, IA, Aubrie Massie, 12, Underwood, IA, Dance: Clog Trio
Ridge McGinley, 18, Pella, IA, Dance: Lyrical
Mario Jordan, 19, West Des Moines, IA, Piano
Megan Gilbreath, 16, Johnston, IA, Vocal: Musical Theatre
Rachel Forney, 16, West Des Moines, IA, Kaitlyn Forney, 14, West Des Moines, IA, Clair Sattler, 16, West Des Moines, IA, Accapella Vocal Trio
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 set for Sunday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi and media sponsor CW Iowa 23. Bill Riley, Jr. is once again hosting the show.
The first place winner will receive a prize of $8,000. The second and third place winners will be awarded $4,000 and $2,000, respectively. More than $17,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. This year’s contest is sponsored 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 Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.