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Consultant: Corn Palace needs to be bigger, flashier

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
The Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – One of the consultants hired to study and develop a new vision for the Corn Palace in Mitchell says the tourist attraction needs to be bigger, busier and flashier.

Consulting museum planner Jim Roe tells The Daily Republic that the Corn Palace must improve its art and design and create more and better attractions within the building if it wants to reverse the attendance slump. One idea Roe suggested is to hold a national competition for the mural designs that cover the outside of the building.

The city of Mitchell and the local chamber are paying Minneapolis-based Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle $115,500 to study the potential to renovate and expand the 120-year-old tourist attraction.

The Corn Palace, a multipurpose arena, has been at its present location for the last 90 years. The present facility was built in 1921. Its Moorish domes and minarets were added in 1937. Local artists design the crop art murals, which change every year.

Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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The Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
The Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.