Stopping to see quirky things during our road trip was a must for Em & I. I had read about the Corn Palace when I researched this road trip so I knew it would be a must see. The Corn Palace is located in Mitchell, South Dakota, a small town in the eastern part of the state.
Every year the front of the Corn Palace displays a different scene. The scenes are decided on by a committee and local artists use corn to create new scenes. They use all the parts of the corn in the designs. The Corn Palace is actually a multi-use building for the center and the region and it hosts events throughout the year, including sporting events and stage shows.
The Corn Palace was started in 1892 so it has quite a long history in the community. Visiting the Corn Palace is always free and it is open year round. There is plenty of free parking around the Corn Palace and there is also a variety of shops in the immediate area that are worth a visit. If you are hungry there are concessions in the palace for purchase.
Of course, like any good tourist attraction there is a gift shop available. They offer everything from postcards and t-shirts to food items made from corn. Emma & I purchased some postcards to send back home and some microwave popcorn on the cob that looked pretty cool.
There are murals inside the building as well. The intricate art work is amazing. They use over 275,000 ears of corn each year to design the palace—that sure helps explain all the corn fields we passed along the way. There are lots of different kernel colors used in the designs and according to the site “all the colors of corn are naturally grown with special seed raised just for the Corn Palace. Each color must be planted in separate fields to maintain its pure color.”
The Corn Palace was an interesting stop along our way. We only spent about 3o minutes there, but it was a great opportunity to get out and stretch our legs.
Have you been to the Corn Palace? What did you think?