Bill Riley Talent Search

When: Saturday, June 19th,
Registration: 11:30 AMĀ – 12:45 PM
Show: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Where: Terra Park (6300 Pioneer Pkwy)
Cost: FREE to Attend Show
Sponsored by: Charter Bank


The 17th Annual Bill Riley Talent Search will be conducted at the Johnston Chamber of Commerce Green Days Festival on Saturday, June 19th. Preference is given to Johnston School District area students and nearby communities. It will be judged by music professionals. A winner from the Sprout and Senior divisions will advance to the Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Search Competition in August from which a senior grand champion wins a scholarship. Second through 5th place winners will win cash prizes.

Two divisions of competition are determined by age at the time of the Johnston June 19th show: Sprouts division includes performers ages 2 to 12 years and the Seniors division includes ages 13 to 21 years.

Performance categories include:

Vocalists: classical, country or contemporary;
Dancers: tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, acrobatic or baton;
Instrumentalists: classical or contemporary
One to five persons may perform in each 3-minute act, but contestants may only appear once in this show. Pre-recorded, instrumental accompaniment without backing vocals will be allowed for vocalists. A piano accompanist is not counted as a performer. DVD/cassette accompaniment is allowed for dance acts, baton, etc. Drums and amps are discouraged due to the 1-minute set-up time. Rock bands or similar musical groups are not permitted, nor are professionals.

Contestant rules and further details will be sent to you upon receipt of your request. Talent and age categories are limited.

Top winners receive these cash prizes from Charter Bank:

Seniors- $100 first place; $80 second; $60 third
Juniors- $50 first place; $40 second; $30 third
For more information and to apply as a contestant, send your name, complete address, birth date, phone and type of talent to: Debra Heldt, Talent Search Coordinator, Charter Bank, 5526 NW 86th Street, Johnston, IA 50131; telephone: 515-331-2265; or e-mail:; additional members of the act need only list their birth date, age and town.