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2023 Iowa State Fair


We're excited for the opportunity to showcase the talents of Iowa's youth. Be sure to come to the
2023 Iowa State Fair on opening day, August 12, 2023. The Knapp Stage will be rockin'!

Thanks to our sponsors!

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Adalynn Rose 10:00 am


Adalynn Rose is a 16-year-old sophomore, who attends Cedar Falls High School. She is the daughter of Luke and Meghan Budke. Adalynn was recently chosen to sing the National Anthem for High School State wrestling in Des Moines, as well as for the College Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, IA. She has also performed the National Anthem for volleyball, basketball, hockey, swimming, and rugby games for Cedar Falls High School. On the weekends, Adalynn is busy playing acoustic music at local restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries. One of Adalynn's biggest accomplishments was becoming the Individual Artist Champion at the 2022 Iowa Rocks Talent Contest in Okoboji, Iowa. 

Isabel Nichols 10:25 am


Isabel Nichols is a gifted vocalist from Graettinger, Iowa who attends Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, IA. A graduate of Emmetsburg High School, Isabel has been active singing in various venues throughout Northwest Iowa, and is an active lead member in the vocal music department at Iowa Lakes. As the lead vocalist of the ILCC group “Voodoo Child”, Isabel was awarded “Outstanding Vocalist” by the judges at the 2022 Iowa Rocks Talent Contest.

Monstrophe 11:00 am

Monstrophe is a five-piece rock band based out of Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in 2023, Monstrophe takes inspiration heavily from grunge and classic rock and blends it into a blues-based rock sound with lots of attitude. Performing as a cover band with the name JANA, the musicians of Monstrophe won the 2022 Iowa Rocks Talent competition as “Best Band”. In addition, percussionist AJ Fucaloro won the individual “Outstanding Instrumentalist” award by the Iowa Rocks Talent Judges.

Monstrophe is:

Jayden “Erdy” Erdman - Lead Vocals

Jayden Young - Guitar 

Anthony Cooper - Guitar

Ace Tipton - Bass Guitar

AJ Fucaloro – Drums

The Crust 12 noon


THE CRUST is a high-energy classic rock show band from West Des Moines, Iowa. 

Winners of the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame's 2021 Iowa Rocks Talent Competition, they love entertaining with their take on classic rock covers and classic rock-inspired original music.  THE CRUST has played Adventureland, Roof Garden Ballroom, Preservation Plaza, Surf Ballroom, 80/35 Festival, Iowa State Fair, HoTU Music Festival, and many central Iowa venues, festivals, and private events.

With soulful vocals, soaring guitars, lush keys, thick bass, and chest-thumping drums, they embrace every opportunity to engage audiences at an emotional level.   Their energetic stage presence highlights their multi-instrumental talent as they switch instruments in mid-performance - and they do all their own stunts!  THE CRUST draws inspiration from Van Halen, Rush, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Cult, The Doors, and Cream.  Their 4-song E.P. "Droppin' Miles", can be purchased or streamed on all music services or at

“Their professionalism and stage presence are amazing to witness.”  ~Ralph Kluseman, President of the Board of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association


Joshua Snuffin - Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Vocals

Steffen Poulsen - Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Vocals

Jacob "Jub" Martinez - Bass, Drums, Vocals

Made Ya Look 1:00 pm

Made Ya Look is a 5-piece rock band from Bettendorf, Iowa. They were formed at the Quad Cities Rock Academy as students at the music school in Davenport. After a few lineup changes, the band really settled into their own in 2022. They were named the winners of the QC Rock Academy “Battle of the Bands 2022”. In February 2023, they recorded their first single “Best You Ever Had” at Catamount Recording in Cedar Falls, IA and released the song on all streaming platforms in April.

Made Ya Look is:

Lauren Schenck, Vocals

Noelle McDonald, Vocals

Dawsyn Snyder, Guitar

Cooper Rowland, Bass Guitar

Carson Schar, Drums

Anthropoid  2:00 pm

Anthropoid is a 4-piece hard rock band from Davenport, IA. They were formed at the Quad Cities Rock Academy as students at the music school in Davenport. They were part of the Iowa Rocks Talent Finals in August 2022 and have played many shows in Iowa and Illinois over the past year. In February 2023, they recorded their first single “Greatest Fiend” at Catamount Recording in Cedar Falls, IA and released the song on all streaming platforms in April. They’ve had the song played on multiple radio station in the region.

Anthropoid is:

Grant Beck, Vocals/Guitar

Kendyl Perron, Bass Guitar

Luke Wislander, Guitar  

Carson Schar., Drums

BTDT  3:00 pm

BTDT (formerly Been There Done That) is a Power Pop/Rock band from the Quad Cities and has been turning heads since they formed the band at the ripe old age of 11-13! BTDT writes their own music as well as performing covers from the 1970’s to today. Talented beyond their years and ultra-competitive, BTDT has a long list of accomplishments including 2018 Winner of Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association’s Iowa Rocks Youth Contest and Winner of 2016 & 2019 Quad Cities Rock Academy Battle of the Bands. They secured a spot on 97x’s 40th Anniversary album and a spot on I-Rock 93.5’s Local Stage CD. 

BTDT plays venues from The Rust Belt to The Capitol Theatre and festivals and venues all over the Midwest. Their first EP “Pretty Lies” was recorded at Catamount Studio, and a portion of their catalog and latest album “Blame the Stars” are available across all music platforms.

BTDT is:

Ava - Lead Singer/Rhythm Guitar

Katie - Lead Guitarist

Izzy - Bass Guitar/Vocals

Carson - Drums/Vocals

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