DES MOINES, IOWA (August 13, 2019) — Five talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) and six Senior division acts (ages 13-21) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley's 60th annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 15; Friday, August 16; or Saturday, August 17.

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

Leah Feuerbach, 12, Durant, Dance: Tap Solo

Braylin Fowles (10), Natalie Grask (10), Ella Varley (9), Urbandale/Clive/West Des Moines, Jazz Trio

Aubrey Klipfel (10) and Betsy Lehman (10), Urbandale, Lyrical Dance Duet

Emma Strayer, 9, Davenport, Lyrical Acro Dance

Aniyah Schabilion, 12, Davenport, Hip Hop Dance

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

Emma Logas (16), Garianna Clinton (16) and Garin Clinton (16), Davenport, Tap Trio

McKenna Yordy, 18, Ankeny, Lyrical Dance

Trey Smith, 17, Altoona, Lyrical Dance

Emily Deinken, 20, Ireton, Flute Solo

Mackenzie Crawford, 13, Sioux City, Vocal Solo

Brittlyn Taylor, 17, Waukee, Lyrical Dance

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 set for Sunday, August 18 at 1:30PM on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi and media sponsor CW Iowa 23.

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