Stars Emerge at the Iowa State Fair Riley Competition
August 15, 2017
Five talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) 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 of the acts are:
Marley Beenken, 8, Mount Pleasant, IA, Dance: Character/Acro
Gwen Jacobson, 12, Battle Creek, IA, Dance: Lyrical
Henry Mauser, 10, Osage, IA, Piano
Lindsey Sonderman, 10, Earling, Brylee Schechinger, 10, Westphalia, IA, Ellerie Nelson, 9, Harlan, IA, Dance: Tap Trio
Jersey Foote, 10, Creston, IA, Ada Lund, 9, Corning, IA, Dance: Broadway Acro 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 20 at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi and media sponsor CW Iowa 23.
Each of the six Sprout Champions will receive a prize of $250 after the Championship Show. 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.