Performers dance to the next round of Bill Riley Talent Search

Teri Underhill, 21, Norwalk, hula dancing, advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley's 61st annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search in the senior category. Each act will perform again on Thursday, Aug. 19, Friday, Aug. 20 or Saturday, Aug. 21.

Preston Martin, 10, of Norwalk and Arianna Bowen, 10, Martensdale, advanced in the sprout division of jazz dance duet.

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 22 at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi and media sponsor iHeart Radio.

More than $20,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. The Bill Riley Talent Search is presented by Hy-Vee.

First-place fruit butters win State Fair awards

The best fruit butter makers put their top creations to the test in the Fleet Farm Canned Fruit Butters Contest, judged prior to the start of the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Martha Kunkle of Carlisle earned Third Place Overall and first place in the apple division. Terri Sinclair of Cumming was third in the apple divison.

Fruit butters are made of fruit pulp and sugar cooked together to a thick consistency, but not to a jellied state. Fruit butters often contain spices.

Entries were judged on flavor, consistency, appearance and food safety.

Sinclair took second in apricot, pear, plum, third in rhubarb, second in fruit butters other than named.

Norwalk baker takes second in State Fair rhubarb crisp contest

Bridget Lottman of Norwalk earned second place and $75 in the Coach's Favorite Rhubarb Crisp Contest, judged Thursday, Aug. 12, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Entries were judged on taste, appearance and creativity.

Betterton takes first at State Fair

Kathy Betterton of Indianola took first place in the doll (stuffed, display) division of the Toys and Dolls division of Fabric and Threads judged prior to the start of the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

The Fabric and Threads exhibits are on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal.

Artists test their skills in the Iowa State Fair fine arts competition

Artists from around Iowa worked hard to create their best pieces for submission in the Fine Arts competition at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

The judges panel examined 411 entries and picked 221 pieces to be in the competition. Divisions are adult, youth, junior and children where they submit art in various mediums. These entries will be on display throughout the Fair on the third floor of the Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Fair day.

In the adult category, Mark Timmerman of Indianola, took first in drawing, Janet Bergeron, Norwalk was third in adult fiber and Jennifer Messer of Norwalk earned honorable mention.

Caroline Freese of Indianola earned honorable mention in adult-mixed media.

County sewers compete in 2021 Iowa State Fair

Nancy DeLay of Indianola earned honorable mention in the pieced wall quilt, individual or team, in the senior citizen division of the Fabric and Threads Competition judged before the start of the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Sue Keller of Indianola took second in the mixed technique quilt category.

Each piece is judged upon design, workmanship and finishing. Participants created quilts individually or in a team.

The Fabric and Threads exhibits are on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal. 

Sewn items awards given

Kathy Betterton of Indianola took first in the purse category of the sewn and other items for the home category that was judged prior to the start of the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Indianola competitor earns Sweepstakes honors

Keri Crowley of Indianola took home the Sweepstakes honors in the crochet division of the Fabric and Threads contest judged prior to the start of the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Crowley also took second in doilies less than 14 inches and second in doilies with two or more colors. She took first in centerpiece, 14-21 inches in diameter and 22-30 inches in diameter. Crowley also took second in pullover sweater and first in lace edging and first in ornaments or holiday decoration and earned the sweepstakes title in crochet.

The Fabric and Threads exhibits are on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal.

Clothing made to impress at the Iowa State Fair

Andra Peeler Dimarco, formerly of Indianola won Best of Show in the Clothing Construction division of Fabric and Threads judged prior to the start of the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Fabric and Threads exhibits will be on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal.

Other results include: Cathy Miller of Indianola, first in infant/toddler sleepwear; Katherine Vance of Indianola, honorable mention in children’s sleepwear, DiMarco, first in adult-accessories, hat, tie and scarf, first in adult wedding gown, and first in best of show, clothing construction and honorable mention in adult vest; Marcia Peeler in Indianola, second in adult-special occasion dress or suit, first in adult, bridesmaid gown.

Counted thread techniques artists compete for Iowa State Fair honors

Sue Keller of Indianola took second place in hardanger embroidery and Jean Strable of St. Charles took first place in mixed fiber in the Counted Thread Techniques division of the Fabric and Threads Competition, judged before the start of the 2021 Iowa State Fair. Each piece is judged upon design, workmanship and finishing.

The Fabric and Threads exhibits are on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal.

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