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The mission of the Bill Riley Talent Search is to serve as a developmental platform for young Iowans involved in the performing arts. By maintaining a nurturing and educational environment we aim to promote self esteem, self discipline and self confidence while helping them to achieve their goals and shoot for the stars, one performance at a time.

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2016 Championship Show!

Heather Torpy - Sunday, August 21, 2016

What an amazing year! We loved having every single performer on stage with us at the Iowa State Fair! You were all fabulous. Today we wrapped up the 2016 Iowa State Fair with our Championship Show. If you weren't able to be at the fair please tune in to Iowa Public Television at 8pm tonight and watch the wonderful performers from today's show.  Read More. . .

Iowa State Fair - Day 9!

Heather Torpy - Friday, August 19, 2016

Wow! Another amazing day of semi-finals today. Thank you to all of our performers who took to the stage to share their talents with the audience, you were all fabulous.  Read More. . .

Iowa State Fair - Day 8!

Heather Torpy - Thursday, August 18, 2016

Today was the first day of semi-finals and what a show! Thank you to everyone who stepped on stage today and shared your talents. Read More. . .

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Our Presenting Sponsor

The Bill Riley Talent Show is proud to have Hy-Vee as the presenting sponsor. Since 2013 Hy-Vee has been making a significant investment in the talent program ensuring that the Iowa tradition will continue to thrive.

Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 237 retail stores in eight Midwestern states. For 2013 the company recorded total sales of $8 billion, ranking it among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States.

By supporting Hy-Vee you are supporting the Bill Riley Talent Show. Go to to find a store near you!