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Old 06-11-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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The Corn Palace - South Dakota

A word of caution for those headed east or west on I-90 WRT the Corn Palace in Mitchell SD.

If you are in a forty footer pulling a toad, be prepared for some tight criers, low tree limbs (not big), and downtown traffic (now I know it aint traffic like in Dallas or Atlanta). The tourism people pump a stop here, and the literature suggests it would be an interesting stop....however, it is downtown, numerous turns in residential and business areas, and about three miles off the interstate.

Once you get there, the signs direct you to a RV parking lot...it isn't an RV lot...it is a regular parking lot. Today it was 1/4 full and tight enough that you can't turn a forty footer with toad and get in anywhere, unless you were the first there. I wasn't.

So we didn't stop, a shame, because it looks interesting. And I almost had to disconnect my toad to get out of there because of illegal street parking and non-RVs using the RV lot.

Take a look on google maps before executing.
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We went to the Corn Palace and a rodeo that just happened to be there that night. The only difference is that we camped overnight at a CG. I wouldn't think of pulling into a tourist spot like that with the MH pulling a toad.
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We went to the Corn Palace and a rodeo that just happened to be there that night. The only difference is that we camped overnight at a CG. I wouldn't think of pulling into a tourist spot like that with the MH pulling a toad.
Yep...shame on me for listening to the gal at the tourist info desk in the rest area, and not checking out specifics on line.

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. It was our first year Rving. We attended the Winn Grand Natl Ralley and looked at a map and said Mount Rushmore was only 1 inch away . Never spoke to any tourist people. If you can back there some day , its worth a look.
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Another option is to stop at the truck stop by the exit. Disconnect toad and in 5 minutes your there in the toad. DW's idea and it worked for us. Agree the back lots are too small for big rigs. They change the corn (and theme) every year so going back is on our list someday.
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Or, drop the coach at Cabelas and drive over to the place. Have seen it once and was underwhelmed. I guess different strokes and all that .... My daughter did find the doll museum across the street interesting, but would not allow photos
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Or, drop the coach at Cabelas and drive over to the place. Have seen it once and was underwhelmed. I guess different strokes and all that .... My daughter did find the doll museum across the street interesting, but would not allow photos
X2! Cabelas has a huge, mostly empty parking lot on the East side of their building. They have two entrances to the parking lot, either is large enough for big rigs. Use Google maps to see the layout first.
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Ah, the Corn Palace. I expect that if you check your dictionary for "Tourist Trap", there will be a photo of the CP.
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[QUOTE=bluepill;1602524]Ah, the Corn Palace. I expect that if you check your dictionary for "Tourist Trap", there will be a photo of the CP. [/QUO

To view the corn palace from the outside doesnt cost you a dime. Hardly a tourist trap. I found it interesting that all the different colors of corn covering the walls outside are actually grown that color not dyed. The were redecorating the walls the last time we were there.
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X2. Something you just don't see everyday.
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Mitchell SD holds memories for us. Years ago my wife and 2 kids were driving west and I wanted to stop and show them the Corn Palace. As I exited i-90, a Sheriff's car turned on his lights and stopped me. He and a reporter climbed out of the car and said it was Rodeo Days in Mitchell and they were looking for an out of state visitor with kids and wanted to offer us a night on the town!. We got a hotel, steak dinner, passes to all the museums in town and a special card for the dashboard to get us in the rodeo. We had the dinner and drove to the rodeo. Traffic was heavy until a deputy saw the card on our dash. He stopped all traffic and waved us on by. Arriving at the rodeo we were ushered to front row seats and were offered free drinks and food after being introduced to the crowd from our VIP seats. The next morning before leaving town we decided to stop in one of the museums. They greeted us by name, seems our photo was on the front page of the daily paper!

Mitchell certainly caters to visitors, but besides farming, what other industry do they have on the prairie? The folks were great and we got the key to the city of Mitchell, which happens to also double as a bottle opener! Good times!
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We also arrived the day of the Rodeo. We were parked ( toad ) by cowboys on horses. When the announcer asked who here traveled the furthest , I raised my hand and ended up winning a pair of Jensen cowboy boots. Yee haw
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I'll be visiting the Corn Palace in a few weeks as it's been a few years. We also parked at Cabella's and were given permission to overnight there. Went out and bought a watermelon at sat beside the lake on a picnic table that evening. It's one of the memories of that trip I cherish.
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This is a question that has been keeping me awake at night: How do they keep the crows from eating the display? Do the crows not know about this corn palace? We will motor out that way this Fall. Last time there (1953), I did not see a traffic jam, but will take the advice and park outside then drive the toad to town.
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