Five Sprout Acts Excel in State Fair Talent Search, Continue to Semi-Finals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 17 August 2012 13:56

DES MOINES, IA (08/15/2012)(readMedia)-- Five talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley's 53rd annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on August 18.

The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the acts are:

Jessica Merta, 11, Pleasant Hill, Hula-Hoop

Levi Clegg, 7; Lillee Deike, 7; Alailah Perry, 8, all of Algona, Tap Dance

Julia Fritz, 11, Brighton, Vocal Solo

Aaron Van De Krol, 12, Lynnville, Magician

Emily Monroe, 11, Davenport; Josie Lindle, 10, Eldridge, Ballet/Hip Hop Dance

Bill Riley, Jr. is once again hosting the competition. Two Sprout acts will be crowned champions every day of the semi-finals. The six winning acts will perform in the talent-packed championship set for Sunday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

Each of the six Sprout Champions will receive a prize of $250 after the Championship Show. More than $15,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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