An Iowa State Fair favorite is headed to Iowa's rock hall of fame
Ridge McGinley, 18, of Pella was named champion of the 2018 Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Search. Des Moines Register
The name behind an Iowa State Fair tradition joins the ranks of Hawkeye State musical elite as Bill Riley Jr. enters the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Riley Jr., president of the state’s annual Bill Riley Talent Search, joins the 2019 Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association class of 30 influential artists, organizations and individuals to enter the hall. About 2,000 local kids compete for a chance to appear in — and win — the competition annually, with finals held during the fair.
Bill Riley Sr., who founded the talent search in 1959, entered the hall in 2004. Riley Jr. took over the search in 1997. Inductees must log 25 years of industry experience before entering the Iowa rock hall.
“On behalf of every young Iowan that has crossed our stage or dreams of taking the stage, I’m honored,” Riley said in a news release.
Riley joins a 2019 class that includes Iowa bands Temtations, Litterer and Evolution of Sound.
The Iowa rock hall plans to honor inductees at a celebration held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Arnolds Park. Find more information at iowarocknroll.com.