Corn palace is world's only palace decorated with corn. It is Mitchell's premier tourist attraction. Some 500,000 tourists come from around the world every year to see the uniquely designed corn murals. Inside the Corn Palace are pictures from almost all of the prior years the Corn Palace has been decorated. A new Corn Palace Video explains the story of the Corn Palace. Over 275,000 You do not have access to view this node of corn are used in re decorating the Corn Palace every year. All the colors of corn are naturally grown with special seed raised just for the Corn Palace. Each color corn must be planted in separate fields to maintain its pure color.
The city's first Corn Palace was build as a way to prove to the world that South Dakota had a healthy agricultural climate. By 1905 the success of the Corn Palace had been assured and a new Palace was to be built, but this building soon became too small. In 1919, the decision to build a third Corn Palace was made. This one was to be permanent and more purposeful than its predecessors. The present building was completed in 1921, just in time for the Corn Palace Festivities.
The Corn Palace Festival Committee selects the theme each year. The Palace is redecorated each year with naturally colored corn and other grains and native grasses to make it “the agricultural show-place of the world”. 10 different colors or shades of corn are used to decorate the Corn Palace are red, brown, black, blue, white, orange, calico, yellow and green corn! A different theme is chosen each year, and murals are designed to reflect that theme. Ear by ear the corn is nailed to create a scene. The decorating process usually starts in late May with the removal of the rye and dock. The corn murals are stripped at the end of August and the new ones are completed by the first of October.
The Corn Palace is more than the home of the festival or a point of interest of tourists. The corn palace is used for industrial exhibits, dances, stage shows, meetings, banquets, proms, graduations arena for Mitchell High School and Dakota Wesleyan University as well as district, regional and state basketball tournaments. USA Today named the Corn Palace one of the top 10 places in America for high school basketball.
In addition to the World’s Only Corn Palace, Mitchell boasts historical and cultural attractions, outdoor adventures, meeting & convention facilities, athletic and sport complexes, wide variety of restaurants, sports bars, coffee houses, gift shops, art galleries, antique shops, quilt stores, craft stores, western wear shops, souvenir shops, as well as relaxing accommodations.
Corn palace is one and only palace decorated with 10 different colors of corns and with a new theme every year. The exhibition hall topped with onion-shaped domes and covered with tens of thousands of dollars worth of oats, sorghum, barley, sudan grass, and of course corn. So, start planning right now for a memorable tour of corn palace it is worth visiting.