Johnston Dancer Wins 60th Annual Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Search

DES MOINES, IA (08/18/2019) (readMedia)-- Samuel Fine, 13, of Johnston, placed first in the senior division during the championship round of the 60th annual Bill Riley Talent Search Competition held Sunday, August 18 at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

Fine walked away with an $10,000 prize for his contemporary dance solo performance.

Cali Wilson, 18, of Norwalk, was awarded second place and $5,000 for her lyrical dance solo.

Third place and $2,500 went to Megan Gilbreath, 18, of Johnston, with a vocal solo.

Acts competed statewide to qualify for competition in this year's Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair. The championship round took place on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi with media sponsor CW Iowa 23. Bill Riley, Jr. hosted the show.

More than $17,000 was awarded to the senior and sprout divisions combined. This year's contest was sponsored by Hy-Vee.

Sprout winners included:

Farrah Ganske, 13, West Des Moines, Lyrical Dance

Leah Feuerbach, 12, Durant, Dance: Tap Solo

Adora Spoor, 12, Cedar Rapids, Vocal

Savannah Song, 10, Windsor Heights, Violinist

Lily Schloss, 13, North Liberty, Vocalist

Lauren Herrig (12), Gracie Schillerberg (11), Emily Gehlsen (11), Addison Houston (11) and Lexie Wiese (11), Denison/Schleswig, Tap Quintet

Emery Hawkins, 11, Cincinnati, Ventriloquist

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