WEEK IN REVIEW: The best, worst
CHEERS to the increase in visitation at the Corn Palace. Last week, we reported that approximately 5,000 more people visited the Corn Palace this summer than last summer, marking the secondstraight year of increased attendance. According to Corn Palace and Convention Visitors Bureau figures, 240,454 people visited the attraction from May to August this year. That’s a 2.1 percent increase over 2012’s total of 235,530 visitors, and 5.1 percent ahead of 2011, when 228,850 visited. The recent all-time high came in 2010, when 271,051 walked through the Corn Palace turnstiles. We’re still not up to that impressive number, but things are looking up.
CHEERS to homecoming week. Mitchell High School is celebrating that tradition this week, with coronation planned for 7 p.m. today and the annual homecoming football game at 7 p.m. Friday against Spearfish. Also, don’t forget the other special events slated for this week, including the Powder Puff football game Thursday night and fireworks following the varsity football game Friday.
CHEERS to the competitors in the first-ever Palace City Prize Pies contest, which is being held this month at The Daily Republic. The quality of the pies has been surprising, and we know that some great pies have unfortunately been edged out. The field of 16 has been whittled to just four, with the semifinal round coming Thursday. We appreciate all of the people who have been game enough to participate, and we also appreciate the good sportsmanship that has been displayed.
CHEERS to the new playground equipment at Hitchcock Park. A photograph in The Daily Republic last week showed kids playing on the new equipment, which was paid for in a $97,000 renovation project and replaces some worn-out equipment whose time had come. These kinds of expenditures are necessary if we’re going to maintain a good quality-of-life level in Mitchell.