OUR VIEW: Festival shows there's plenty to do in Mitchell
Nothing to do in Mitchell? Oh, we've heard it.
This week, we have no patience for such talk, and the 2013 edition of the Corn Palace Festival is just our latest example.
The Corn Palace Festival Committee, along with Palace officials and members of city government, hit another one out of the park with this year's festival. The entertainment was top-notch.
Country rocker Dwight Yoakam got the ball rolling Thursday night and was followed by Las Vegas showman Terry Fator on Friday. Craig Morgan, with special guest Gloriana, played to a cowboy-booted crowd Saturday, and Sunday's Happy Together show gave fans of older music a great conclusion to the festival.
Last week also saw the annual bull bash at the rodeo grounds and the massive Dakotafest on the city's south side.
We're still big fans of the South Dakota State Fair, but that event doesn't really overshadow Mitchell so much anymore. Instead, we see it as an accompanying event, adding to the options for this region's residents.
And don't forget the many other events that come annually to Mitchell, such as off-season entertainers, a rodeo and so on.
What other city our size regularly brings such events to town (and emphasis should go on the word regularly)?
With this year's festival, we only heard two complaints.
The first was regarding the Freedom Stage, where local acts showcase their talent for passersby. Some people are disappointed the stage was moved to a new location this year, and we tend to agree with that complaint.
The second complaint was that the Corn Palace waited too long to open the doors prior to the shows. By keeping the doors closed so long, concertgoers were forced to stand longer in line in the heat.
We hope the planning committee will consider these issues next year. Either way, the complaints are small potatoes, and easy to fix.
Congratulations to the city -- and by city, we mean everyone involved -- for an exceptional Corn Palace Festival. Too, nice work for keeping the Corn Palace viable as a true entertainment venue.