Riley Talent Show To Showcase Young O’Brien Co Talent

Primghar, Iowa — If you’re between ages 2 and 21, your chance to showcase your talent is coming up in Primghar.
Bill Riley Talent
As in past years, there will be a Bill Riley Talent Show at the fair this year. One of the people coordinating the event is Sharon Schnepf. She tells us about the Bill Riley Talent Search.

She says there are two age divisions, Sprouts, which is for ages 2 through 12; and Seniors for those who are ages 13 through 21. Schnepf says at the O’Brien County Fair, they are limited to 15 acts per division, so while you can register up until the fair, it would be to your advantage to register soon, or you might not get to perform.

She says not only is there no entry fee, but the O’Brien County Fair Board generously gives prize money for winners. Plus the show is a qualifying event for the Bill Riley Iowa State Fair Talent Search held at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

She tells us about the show in Primghar.

While the State Fair Talent Search was started in 1959 by Bill Riley Senior; it has been taken over by his son, Bill Riley, Jr. In fact, Bill Jr. will be at the O’Brien County show, says Schnepf.

Schnepf says Riley doesn’t come to every show, but he will be in Primghar. She says if you’d like more information or if you’d like to enter, contact her soon at or call her at 712-541-8628.

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