Earlier this week, I wrote about Sioux Falls and The Badlands. In between those two spots (actually, closer to Sioux Falls) is the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.

Corn mural art at its finest.

Amy fondly remembered the attraction from a childhood vacation. I’m thinking, “Really, sounds like childhood abuse to me.” Turns out it’s actually an a-maize-ing attraction. Amy 1, Rod 0.

The Corn Palace functions as a local community sports/entertainment venue. It hosts concerts, trade shows, and the home basketball games of the Mitchell High School Kernels (no, not Colonels … Kernels).

Each summer, the Corn Palace is stripped and redecorated with 3,000 bushels of new corn and grains. Over a half a million ears of corn are sawed in half (lengthwise) and nailed to the building. The corn murals are redone each year with a new theme using designs created by local artists. This has been going on every year since 1892. Inside, photos of every Corn Palace line the walls. Amy and I checked out what the Corn Palace looked like in the years we were born.

Finally, someone with bigger ears than Buster's!

If your dog can be carried, the Corn Palace is pet friendly!

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