Did You Say Go West? (4) Finding the Unusual

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is aware”-Martin Buber


CornPalace00063 - Copy (1024x680)While traveling, there are the wild, strange and the unusual to be found. For me, a unique site that I discovered was The World’s Only Corn Palace, 604 N. Main St. in Mitchell, SD.

An estimated 500,000 tourists from all over the United States and beyond, travel to this small area of the state to view the unique corn murals. Originally, this introduced South Dakota’s agricultural climate as strong and healthy.

Westward bound 536   In 1892, the World’s Only Corn Palace was established on the city’s Main Street. The present structure is home to the Corn Palace Festival with fall festival celebration in late August every year. The building is also available for local exhibits, dances, stage shows, meetings, banquets, prom’s and graduations that take place throughout the year.

It is said that over 275,000 ears of corn are used in the design of the murals. All colors, red, brown, black, blue, white, orange, calico, yellow and green, to name a few of the twelve, are grown naturally. In the process of the designs, various grains, rye, oat heads and sour dock are used. Each year, a Corn Palace Festival Committee selects a new theme. Through the talented hands of local artists, these interesting works of art come to life.

Courtesy of Corn Palace Visitors Center

Courtesy of Corn Palace Visitors Center

The decorating process starts in late May. By August, the murals are stripped to make way for new ones  completed by the first of October.

For those interested in current or future events in the area can visit www.visitmitchell.com The 2014 theme is, “Remember When.” www.cornpalace.com.