Knee high by the Fourth of July

Posted: August 14, 2016 in Travel
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In the Midwest, “Knee high by the Fourth of July” indicates how farmers hope their corn is performing. Corn is a big part of the farming economy, a fact acknowledged by the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, my overnight stop on the trip from Naperville to Sheridan, Wyoming.  As soon as I checked in to my motel, I went to see the theme for this year.

1892 marked the first year of the Corn Palace’s existence. The current building is the third palace, but every year the current year’s theme is wrought in naturally colored corn and other grains as well as native grasses. Some of the early themes were amazingly elaborate, starting with the very first one in 1892.  Inside is an arena used for basketball, graduations, and all sorts of other events.  When a friend and I stopped some years ago, she thought it was going to be, pardon the pun, corny.  But she thoroughly enjoyed and admired it, as do half a million visitors a year.

This year, rock and roll is featured, “Rock of Ages”.  But first, stop by across the street to admire this guy.





There’s a corn theme everywhere.


If you’re traveling by Mitchell, be sure to stop.  You’ll be glad you did.




  1. ledrakenoir says:

    Inspiring sculptures and fascinating building… 🙂

  2. very impressive to think that they redo the outside graphics all over everfy year. A lot of work as well as creativity and planning. Very nice…

  3. nowathome says:

    A lot of work has gone into doing those buildings! Impressive, Janet!

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Those are amazing sculptures. I didn’t know there were artists who work in the medium of corn, but these are beautiful. If I ever happen to drive near there, I’ll add it to the list.

  5. Angeline M says:

    What a perfect stop for you on your trip, Janet.
    Amazing work the artist(s) do with the corn and grains on the building.

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  7. bythebriny says:

    I would never have known about this if not for your blog. 🙂

    • I imagine many people don’t know about it, Karen, but it’s a hidden treasure and the Badlands aren’t far away. There’s also a Laura Ingalls Wilder house site in South Dakota and the whole Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore/Crazy Horse/Custer State Park thing. Lots to do.


  8. Laura says:

    I have seen this on TV several times and I hope to visit someday 🙂

  9. Looks like fun, Janet. Love the smiley Mr. Corn. 😀

  10. Definitely a bucket list adventure! This is too cool. I hope I have the opportunity to see it in person sometime, too.

  11. lexklein says:

    Although I find the Corn Palace very weird, I do have to admit it takes some real talent to put those murals up every summer! We saw it a few summers ago, and I was amazed at the thought of creating it.