News from the Bill Riley Talent Search

59th Bill Riley Talent Search Season Kicks Off!

Heather Torpy - Monday, May 21, 2018

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The Bill Riley Talent Search Begins 59th Season

Performers competing for chance to move on to Iowa State Fair

Clive, Iowa - (May 4, 2018) The 59th year of the Bill Riley Talent Search is underway with nearly 100 local shows scheduled across Iowa. Performers ages two to 21 are competing for a chance to bring their talent to the Anne & Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair. 

Performers include singers, dancers, musicians, magicians and more. Throughout the summer, Bill Riley travels the state to local shows to encourage participants and meet parents and teachers of the children. 

We have stories from across the state of families that travel from show to show, siblings that compete against and sometimes with each other and coaches who were once Talent Search competitors and now bring their students to the competitions. The Bill Riley Talent Search is happy to connect media outlets to performers with interesting stories. 

For local show information please go to 

The Bill Riley Talent Search is thrilled to have Hy-Vee as presenting sponsor for the sixth year. Bill Riley is grateful for Hy-Vee’s support of this Iowa institution. “We think Hy-Vee is a great Iowa company and their support of the Bill Riley Talent Search has allowed us to continue our mission of giving children across the state the opportunity to perform on stage.”

About the Bill Riley Talent Search

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.

About Hy-Vee

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 80,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit

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