August 26, 2010 – Corn Palace
I mentioned how much we love visiting quirky locations right? Well the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota more than qualifies for the label of quirky! We were running late in our schedule for the day by the time we got to Mitchell (because of an emergency trip to Best Buy due to a lens breakage) so we weren’t able to see it during daylight hours. But, we still got to see it in it’s awesome glory and got to tour the inside. Would love to go back another year and see what kind of designs they come up with in the future!
Here’s a blurb about just what the Corn Palace is according to the official website: “The World’s Only Corn Palace is Mitchell’s premier tourist attraction. Some 500,000 tourists come from around the nation each year to see the uniquely designed corn murals. The city’s first Corn Palace was build as a way to prove to the world that South Dakota had a healthy agricultural climate. 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”. We currently use 13 different colors or shades of corn to decorate the Corn Palace: red, brown, black, blue, white, orange, calico, yellow and now we have 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 the Corn Palace 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.”
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