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Corn Palace Festival 2017 Schedule of Events

Corn Palace Featured Entertainment

Judd Hoos
Thursday, August 24th, 8 pm

Judd Hoos will be kicking off the festivities this year with a FREE show on our Freedom Stage located on 6th and Main!

Eddie Money
Friday, August 25th, 7 pm

Eddie Money is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalists who had success in the 1970s and 1980s. This concert is located in the Corn Palace and ticket price is $40.

Diamond Rio & Black Hawk
Saturday, August 26th, 6:30 pm

Diamond Rio debuted in 1991 with the single “Meet in the Middle” which made them the first band ever to debut a single to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Black Hawk has shared a unique sense of harmony that has sold over 7 million albums. Enjoy this concert for $42 dollars general admission or VIP (sold out) for $52.

Gary Lewis and The Playboys
Sunday, August 27th, 4 pm

It was the summer of 1964 when producer Snuff Garret discovered Gary Lewis ad The Playboys. Before long, they took their first single, “The Diamond Ring” straight to number one.

This afternoon entertainment is $35 in the Corn Palace.

Corn Palace Freedom Stage

Located 6th & Main
Wednesday, August 23rd
6:00pm – 7:30pm……………….Billy Lurken
7:30pm – 8:00 pm……………The Cornelius
Corn Eating Contest
8:00pm – 10:00pm……….…….Billy Lurken

Thursday, August 24th
8:00 pm – 11:00pm……………….Judd Hoos

Friday, August 25th
4:00pm – 5:00pm……………………Lisa Laird
5:30pm – 8:00pm…………….Starfire Band

Saturday, August 26th
Noon – 1:00pm……………….Twisted Chick
1:00pm – 2:00pm………………….Phil Baker
2:00pm – 3:00pm……………Ultimate Kicks
3:00pm – 4:00pm………………….Phil Baker

Sunday, August 27th
Noon – 3:00pm…………………..Nearly Wild

Showcase Your Creativity

Showcase your creativity at this year’s Corn Palace festival. You can bake a cake, color or create a picture, show off your homegrown produce, design a flower arrangement or make one of the many other options.

Categories include: Art, Crafts and Photography, Foods, Horticulture/Agriculture, Floriculture, and Culinary.

For entry information, visit or call the Corn Palace Box Office at 605.995.8430

Your Passport to FUN

Unlimited Ride Passport
(Valid Festival Week)
Get your passport at the following locations:

The Corn Palace Box Office – $49
August 15-17


Goldstar Ticket Booth – $54
(Located on 3rd & Main)
During Festival

CP: Corn Palace, or Community Pride?

On December 1, I celebrated the six-month mark in my tenure at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. In the days since, I have been reflecting on the fun I’ve had rediscovering Mitchell from a brand-new perspective; so today, I will close my thoughts on Mitchell’s excellent attractions by writing about – what else? – the Corn Palace!

I have to be honest, when I used to work downtown as a teenager I used to refer to the Corn Palace as the ‘World’s largest bird feeder.’ How embarrassing now! I’ve truly come to recognize that it’s an astonishing structure that embodies so much about who we are as Mithell-ites. To me, the Corn Palace is pride embodied.

People sometimes tell me that Mitchell isn’t proud of the Corn Palace. I disagree! If we weren’t proud of it, why would we spend so much time there? If we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t keep it. But we do keep it. We fight over it, and you only fight for what you believe in.

When the Corn Palace’s founders – business men – first developed the idea to build the structure, it was for an age-old reason: to bring business and residents to town. Mission accomplished, sirs. The Corn Palace certainly supports many businesses in town, but it has also become the heart of our city. This is where we graduate our high school and college students. It’s where  we take our kids to see the circus; where we cheer on our friends and neighbors and sometimes total strangers in athletics. This is where we go to be entertained, either by concerts or indoor rodeos. It’s where to pile in for important community meetings, and it’s where we escape for private events.

The Corn Palace is the icon of our city. And that’s something to be proud of.

ABA Names Corn Palace Festival a Top Event

Mitchell may be seeing more tour buses stopping by the Corn Palace next summer. The American Bus Association has named the Corn Palace Festival one of the top events for group travel in 2013 in their annual “Top 100 Events” publication. The Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau, an ABA member, nominated the event.

“This is a great award for a great event, and is a fantastic spotlight for the Corn Palace, the festival, and for Mitchell,” said CVB Director Jacki Miskimins. “Bus travel is a core component of Mitchell tourism, and this award speaks directly to group travel planners. On top of that, the publication listing also mentioned our other Mitchell attractions – money can’t buy that kind of exposure!”

Mark Schilling, Corn Palace Director, is also very pleased. “It’s quite an honor being selected. We’re very proud of the tradition we have with the Corn Palace Festival dating back to 1892.” Schilling added that the 2013 entertainment line-up will be coming soon. “We always offer something for everyone, and for bus groups we can be flexible with group rates to our shows.”

The American Bus Association is a trade organization representing the intercity bus industry. Its annual compendium “Top 100 Events in North America” features the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada. Events are chosen by a panel of member bus and tour operators, and winners are published in a special supplement to Destinations, ABA’s magazine.

“Mitchell is a popular stop for group travel, because we’re so accessible from the Interstate and the Corn Palace is a free attraction. Being named a top event for group travel is a huge honor, and will likely help our group numbers in the years to come,” Miskimins said.

According to CVB records, Mitchell has received over 180 tour buses each year for the past four years. In 2011, there were over 200. “Those numbers are just the buses that schedule ahead and let us know they’re coming; many more show up unannounced, and of course we’re happy to see them.” Miskimins added. “With this award, hopefully we’ll see an increase in our bus traffic next year. The more folks we can get to enjoy Mitchell and the Corn Palace Festival, the better.”

The Mitchell CVB will be representing Mitchell as a group travel destination at the ABA’s annual conference January 5-9, 2013. “We hope to capitalize on this award when we meet travel planners in person. It definitely helps us stand out.”

The 2013 Corn Palace Festival will be held August 21-25. The Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, held Sept. 28-30 in Custer, SD, is the only other South Dakota event selected for the award.

Corn Palace mentioned in the New York Times!

The New York Times mentioned the Corn Palace in their Book Review section, published August 23, 2012. While reviewing various Atlas apps for electronic media devices, book review production editor J.D. Biersdorfer wrote:

“These features jump around linear time — a Viking long ship and the half-­submerged Titanic are both visible in the North Atlantic — but they aren’t exactly comprehensive. For example, the state of South Dakota bears only two features: Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills and the lesser-known Corn Palace in Mitchell, while Ireland’s sole feature is . . . a cow. Still, the app hits most of the local color and nicely combines elements of history and culture.”

While we’re disappointed that this particular Atlas left out the other great cultural touchstones and attractions in South Dakota – and in Mitchell! – we’re proud to be listed alongside Mt. Rushmore as the two icons of the state. Thank you, New York Times!

“Skinny Mike” and the World’s Only Corn Palace

Is it against blog etiquette to post a link to a video? Well, if it is, oh well. We’re new at blogging so we’re posting the video anyway, because it’s worth sharing!

Before Mike Miller won awards in the NBA, he was drawing the attention of college coaches nationwide as the most highly recruited basketball player in South Dakota history. Watch the entire video featuring Mitchell‘s own, “Skinny Mike” and the World’s Only Corn Palace!