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Photo of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade passing by the Corn Palace
The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade passes by the Corn Palace, 1973

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The Corn Palace
A Local Legacy

Imagine a building covered with colorful murals. Now imagine that same building with an exterior made entirely out of corn and other grains! This building exists -- it is the Corn Palace.

Built in 1892 in Mitchell, South Dakota, the Corn Palace was created to dramatically display the products of the harvest of South Dakota's farmers, in murals on the outside of the building. The murals are made from thousands of bushels of corn and other grains and grasses such as wild oats, rye, straw, and wheat. Each year these corn decorations are completely stripped down and entirely new murals are created. The Corn Palace is a great tourist attraction and a meeting place for the community. Many events are held here and the most popular is the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. But the horses must be watched carefully so they don't eat the building!

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