Corn is King, Long Live the Corn

As discussed in previous posts, corn is THE prominent feature of the midwestern and northern plains landscapes. And in Mitchell, South Dakota, they've done something to recognize this. They've built a palace for (and of) corn. And they've done this every year since 1892. Perhaps the strangest feature of this corn castle is that it sits adjacent to city hall, and seems to double as a basketball arena / gift shop. Inside you can buy everything from candles to spoons to books all featuring, and many shaped like, America's favourite government subsidized grain and high-fructose sweetener.

Well worth a stop if you're in town, all of the mosaics adorning the building's facade are actually constructed of different colored ears and husks. Truly one of the strangest (and only) things to see in this part of the country.

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