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The two RV Gypsies
in Mitchell, South Dakota
August 23, 2013

Corn Dude
Mitchell water tower

The two RV Gypsies stayed at Mitchell KOA 41255 SD Highway 38  for two nights, It was a typical KOA campground. No cable TV, so only three channels came in. It did have free, unsecured Wi-Fi. Nice enough sites.

Mitchell KOA office
The new yard of the two RV Gypsies at Mitchell KOA

Views from the site of the two RV Gypsies' RV at Mitchell KOA.

view from the site of the two RV Gypsies RV at Mitchell KOA
view from the site of the two RV Gypsies RV at Mitchell KOA
view from the site of the two RV Gypsies RV at Mitchell KOA
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The World's Only Corn Palace located at 604 North Main Street in Mitchell, South Dakota. This was the two RV Gypsies' second visit to the Corn Palace.

The Corn Palace serves as a multi-use center for the community and region. The facility hosts stage shows, as well as sports events in its arena. The two RV Gypsies came here because they wanted to see Terry Fator perform again. They saw Terry Fator on America's Got Talent and in Las Vegas and really enjoyed his show and his amazing talent. The World's Only Corn Palace is an outstanding structure which stands as a tribute to the agricultural heritage of South Dakota.

The original Corn Palace, called "The Corn Belt Exposition" was established in 1892. Early settlers displayed the fruits of their harvest on the building exterior in order to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil. The third and present building was completed for it first festival at the present location in 1921. The exterior decorations are completely stripped down and new murals are created each year. The theme is selected by the Corn Palace Festival Committee and murals are designed by a local artist. The current Corn Palace built in 1921 was designed by Rapp and Rapp the same architects used to design New York Radio City Music Hall.

Mitchell Corn Palace
corn dude
Mitchell Corn Palace
Mitchell Corn Palace
Mitchell Corn Palace
Mitchell Corn Palace
Mitchell Corn Palace
Mitchell Corn Palace

The two RV Gypsies went inside the Corn Palace

poster of the world's only corn palace
Inside the Corn Palace
Inside the Corn Palace
Inside the Corn Palace
Inside the Corn Palace
Inside the Corn Palace

Corn footprints in the hallway inside Mitchell Corn Palace

Corn footprints

Over 275,000 ears of Corn are used in the decorating the outside of the Corn Palace each year. Each year the Corn Palace is redecorated, selecting a new theme and new designs. All the colors of corn are naturally grown with special seed raised just for the Corn Palace. Each color must be planted in separate fields to maintain its pure color. Below are just a few photos taken of photos on the walls inside the Corn Palace showing how the Corn Palace changes as years go by.

photos of the Corn Palace in previous years
photo of the Corn Palace in previous years
photo of the Corn Palace in previous years
info about decorating the Corn Palace
Corn Palace display
Corn Palace display
sign- Corn is in all this

A large display inside the Corn Palace showing that corn is in so many products that Americans use daily.

display of products containing corn
display of products containing corn
display of products containing corn
display of products containing corn
display of products containing corn
display of products containing corn
map of South Dakota inside the Corn Palace
sign - The world's only Corn Palace
corn dude

The two RV Gypsies explored stores and posed for photos with the giant corn figure across the street from the Corn Palace.

Lee Duquette and a giant corn figure
Karen Duquette and a giant corn figure
Welcome to Mitchell sign

laughing dudeTwo really interesting designs on T-shirts.

interesting design on a T-shirt
interesting design on a T-shirt

Karen Duquette and her new Indian friend

laughing dude
Karen Duquette and her new Indian friend
shotgun wedding
 

The two RV Gypsies went to see Terry Fator perform at the Corn Palace. They had seen him in Las Vegas, and Karen is perhaps his #1 fan because he is so talented. The show at the Corn Palace was quite different from the show in Las Vegas, but both shows were wonderful. The show at the Corn Palace was the story of his life, how he went from being a janitor to winning America's Got Talent, to having his own show in Las Vegas. It seems that Las Vegas sends him on the road in the summer to promote Vegas and himself. It was an interesting story. As usual Terry Fator performed with some of his puppets. He is an amazing ventriloquist, and can impersonate famous singers with amazing accuracy, both male and female. At the Corn Palace, Terry Fator did a lot of singing with puppets. In Las Vegas, his act was centered on the puppets, not his life, and not Las Vegas. There is always a lot of comedy in his acts, and the audience gets to laugh a lot. The two RV Gypsies highly recommend everyone in the world to go see Terry Fator wherever and whenever they get the chance.

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Terry Fator at the Corn Palace
Terry Fator at the Corn Palace
Terry Fator at the Corn Palace
Terry Fator at the Corn Palace

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