PRIMGHAR—The Bill Riley Talent Search will hold an area contest at 6 p.m. Monday, July 24, as part of the O’Brien County Fair Primghar.

The talent search, which dates back to 1959, offers an opportunity to help young Iowans experience the excitement and dedication necessary to help them succeed in life as well as on stage.

The goal is to promote self-esteem, self-discipline and self-confidence through participation in the performing arts.

Young Iowans are invited to register to compete in the Sprout Division — ages 2-12 — and Senior Division — ages 13-21 — by contacting show coordinator Sharon Schnepf at 712-541-8628 or

The winning act from each division will qualify to compete at the 2017 Iowa State Fair, which will take place Aug. 10-20 in Des Moines, with prize money at the state level totaling more than $17,000.

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