Yes, it’s time once again for the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota at the end of day one of my trip from Illinois to Wyoming. After about 8 hours of driving, I was ready to stop and relax, so after checking in to the motel, I drove to the Corn Palace to see what this year’s theme was. All the pictures are made using corn, other grains, and grasses. I also stopped by the small framer’s market in the open area next door.

This year’s theme is a salute to the military.

Across the street is this smiling fellow.

On some of the inside walls is a history of the Corn Palace, a long and fascinating history. Here are just a few snippets.

Also inside is an auditorium which besides sporting events hosts a variety of items for sale. On the walls are murals also made from natural materials. Below them you can see photos of various past Corn Palaces. Many of them were spectacular!

These caught my eye. I’d wear them. 🙂

Think you know corn? I’d be surprised. I was surprised!

It had been a long but good day and I was hungry. On the way over I’d spotted the sort of place my husband would love to eat on one of his bike trips, so I stopped in. Turns out that they use local products whenever possible, the root beer float floated my boat, and the hot dog was…well, just look.

for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. ksbeth says:

    wow, what an interesting find –

    • I’ve stopped every year for some time now, but this is that last year, as with our move to Arizona, we’ll be driving an entirely different way. 😦

  2. Corn art, root beer float, and an amazing hot dog – good stop, Janet. 🙂

  3. That museum is the sort of place I’d make a habit of stopping by, too, especially because the theme is different each year. Amazing and fun. The hot dog looked good, but the root beer float would have ruined my day, haha. Glad you enjoyed!

    • The root beer float was awesome, even more so as it was hot. Unfortunately, we won’t be driving by Mitchell when we drive from Arizona. Hopefully we’ll find some interesting things along the new way.

  4. I’ve been hoping that you would have some Corn Palace photos this year, Janet. This is a marvelous exhibit. The building is incredible and the murals are fantastic.

    Thanks for keeping us up to date each year.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    I’m going to miss these pictures, Janet. I hope you find some interesting sights on your new route.

  6. restlessjo says:

    I can see why you’d be hungry. 🙂 It’s a it of a bizarre scenario, isn’t it, but I do love corn!

    • It’s very unusual and quite attractive really. Since the Midwest is the so-called bread box of the country, it makes sense to use grasses and grains for art.

  7. I have got to go there. I love corn fields – we used to carefully run down the sugar cane and corn rows as kids – not scary at all (but my kid was so spooked by the movies, she’s worried around them)
    I was trying to explain about Indian corn and different colors the other day – they didn’t believe me. Will have to send them this one.
    Cool post!

  8. Lignum Draco says:

    How do they stop birds from pecking at the corn art on the outside walls of the building?
    The art looks great. So does the hot dog, but in keeping with the theme, is there any corn in it? 🙂

    • I never thought about the birds, Lignum. Maybe there’s so much to eat that it doesn’t matter. And yes, the art is great. As for the hot dog, don’t be silly! It wasn’t a corn dog. 🙂


  9. de Wets Wild says:

    What an interesting, if quirky, destination!

  10. marianallen says:

    THE CORN PALACE! We went there on a whim, on the way to Mount Rushmore, and it was spectacular! I’m so happy you share your visits there. 🙂 Your hot dog looks like a work of art. And I’d wear those corn socks, too. 😀

    • The Corn Palace is a very underrated attraction as far as I’m concerned, Marian. It’s very cool. The hot dog and root beer float were delicious added bonuses. I think I’d wear the socks, too, but didn’t buy them anyway.


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