THE WORLD'S FIRST & ONLY CORN PALACE TO START CARRYING WOOD STICKERS
MITCHELL, SD- The Corn Palace, a multi-purpose arena and facility, is a premier tourist attraction in South Dakota. It was built as a way to prove to the world that South Dakota had a healthy agricultural climate and see's upwards of 500,000 tourists around the nation each year. The Corn Palace is a multifaceted staple in the Mitchell, SD community and hosts events from large festivals, to local graduations, proms, and more!
Keep on reading to learn more about "the agricultural show-place of the world!"
THE CORN PALACE HISTORY
"Eight years before the turn of the 20th century, in 1892 (when Mitchell, South Dakota was a small, 12-year-old city of 3,000 inhabitants) the World's Only Corn Palace was established on the city’s Main Street. During it’s over 100 years of existence, it has become known worldwide and now attracts more than a half a million visitors annually. The palace was conceived as a gathering place where city residents and their rural neighbors could enjoy a fall festival with extraordinary stage entertainment - a celebration to climax a crop-growing season and harvest. This tradition continues today with the annual Corn Palace Festival held in late August each year. 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. That winter Mitchell hosted its first boy’s state basketball tournament. The building was considered to have the finest basketball arena in the upper Midwest area.In the 1930’s, steps were taken to recapture the artistic decorative features of the building and minarets and kiosks of Moorish design were added restoring the appearance of early day Corn Palace."
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THE CORN PALACE MURALS
Known as a folk-art wonder on the prairie of South Dakota, The Corn Palace is redecorated each year with a different theme in mind, and murals are designed to reflect those themes. 13 different naturally colored corn, native grasses, and grains are used to create the different murals year after year to make it "the agricultural show-place of the world!"
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