South Dakota March 03, 2017
There’s No Other Palace In The World Like This One In South Dakota
South Dakota has always made great agricultural contributions to the country – so much so, that an entire palace was built to show our state pride. Take a look at the Mitchell Corn Palace!
The Mitchell Corn Palace was built in 1892, when Mitchell had just 3,000 residents.
The palace was a hit from the beginning. Here's a photo of the crowd outside the palace in 1915. Today, as many as 500,000 people visit the Corn Palace every year.
Every year in August, the exterior is stripped and redone with a new theme.
The cost for this renovation? $130,000. The theme for 2016 was Rock of the Ages.
13 different colors of corn are used to create the panels.
Each corn cob is cut in two length-wise, then nailed in place.
Panels along the side of the building depict different rock legends from the past.
A tribute to Elvis is in the large panel on the corner of the building.
You can see the detail of the corn cobs here.
Michael Jackson is honored in one of the side panels.
The interior of the Corn Palace has many murals, too.
The main area is used for high school basketball games during the school year.
For some of the year, the main floor is set up as a gift shop.
The shop includes locally-made crafts and commercial items.
You know you want a corny water bottle!
Concerts and community events are also held at the Corn Palace throughout the year.
The Corn Palace is a vital part of the community, hosting events such as rodeos.
The space is also used for volunteer events.
In April, 2015, 1,250 volunteers packed food for the The Impact Life Organization, which sent it to third world countries.
You can play in the corn!
And you'll want to climb aboard the tractor, too.
Outside, enjoy a picnic and wander through the local shops.
Admission to the Corn Palace is free!
From January through April, visit Monday - Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Starting in May, the Corn Palace is open seven days a week.
The Corn Palace is located at 612 N Main Street in Mitchell.
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