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CHARLES CITY – Who will be Iowa’s next Maddie Poppe?

Young talent from around the region will be showcased in Charles City on July 1 with cash prizes and a chance to qualify for the state fair on the line.

The annual Bill Riley Talent Show has become a part of the Fourth of July holiday tradition in Charles City and is open to ages 2 to 21 to perform and display their talents in the areas of vocal music, instrumental music or dance. There are two age categories, the Sprout Division (ages 2-12) and the Senior Division (ages 13-21). Acts are confined to no more than 3 minutes, with a 1 minute set-up time prior, and can have no more than five performers per act. No more than three accompanists per act are allowed.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three place finishers in each age division, with the first place winners automatically qualifying for the Bill Riley Talent Show at the Iowa State Fair. If the first place winner has already qualified for the 2018 State Fair at a previous show, then the next highest place winner who has not qualified yet will receive the automatic state berth.

Participation in, and attendance at the Charles City show is free. It will take place in the Charles Theatre at 409 N. Main St., beginning at 1 p.m.

This event is being hosted by the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Parish to host

relics event

CRESCO — The Notre Dame Parish in Cresco will host an event where more than 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years, will be displayed.

Father Carlos Martins of Companions of the Cross will present the objects at the parish church, located at 116 Third St. E in Cresco. Those who attend will be able to examine and venerate each relic.

The event will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call Renee Cuvelier at (563) 547-4513.

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