Bill Riley Talent Search coming To Cherokee County Fair

Friday, July 13, 2018

Children invited to compete in show on July 22

The Bill Riley Talent Search and statewide presenting sponsor, Hy-Vee, are excited to announce a local show in Cherokee. It will be held July 22 at 1 p.m. at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. The show is open to the public.

The Bill Riley Talent Search offers an opportunity to help young Iowans experience the excitement and dedication necessary to help them succeed in life as well as on stage. The goal is to promote self-esteem, self-discipline, and self-confidence through participation in the performing arts. Young Iowans are invited to register to compete in the Sprout Division (ages 2-12) and Senior Division (ages 13-21) by contacting local show coordinator Libby Peterson at 712-229-8220 or 

The winning act from each division will qualify to compete at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, August 9-19, with prize money at the Iowa State Fair championship totaling more than $17,000.00.

For more information about all of the local shows and contestant rules please visit 

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.

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