Charles City, Iowa – Openings still remain for entries into the annual Bill Riley Talent Show in Charles City on July 3 and a chance at not only prize money but to qualify for the Iowa State Fair.
Some of the top young talent from around North Iowa is traditionally on display at the Charles City show, which will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Charles Theatre. The talent competition is free and open to anyone in the state, ages 2-21. The public is welcome to come and watch in the air-conditioned comfort of the theater at no charge.
Hy-Vee Food Stores is once again a proud sponsor of the Bill Riley Talent Search statewide, and the Charles City Hy-Vee is serving as the local show’s sponsor. The first place winner in the Senior Division (ages 13-21) will take home $100 and the first place winner in the Spout Division (ages 2-12) will win $50. Second place Senior and Sprout winners will receive $50 and $25, respectively, while third place finishers will receive $25 (Senior) and $10 (Sprout).
The state-wide Bill Riley Talent Search first began more than 50 years ago. Through nearly 100 local and regional competitions held throughout the year, the Bill Riley Talent Search showcases the best young talent from around Iowa in the categories of vocal, dance or instrumental, and invites them to compete for a spot at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. From a total field of 3,500 or more competitors, the Bill Riley Talent Search selects 350 to 450 singers, dancers and musicians to take the stage at the Fair in a quest for thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Vocal categories include classical, country or contemporary; dancing includes tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, acrobatics or baton; and instrumental includes classical or contemporary.
All acts must keep their performance time to no more than three minutes, and contestants may not appear more than once in any one show, either solo or multi-person acts.
Winners from earlier talent shows who have already qualified for the Bill Riley State Fair Talent Search can still participate in the Charles City show and win the cash prize, but in that case the second place finisher will then qualify to move on to the state competition in Des Moines. Should the next place winner also happen to be an earlier state fair qualifier, then the next place winner after that will advance to state.
Please stop in at the Charles City Community Development Office at 401 N. Main St., or visit the Iowa State Fair website and click on the Bill Riley Talent Search for complete contest rules. Application forms are available at the Community Development Office.