Some Mitchell and South Dakota staples will adorn the murals of the Corn Palace in 2020.
The theme of the 2020 Palace murals - "South Dakota Homegrown" - was announced late Tuesday. The murals are being designed in conjunction with Dakota Wesleyan University's digital media classes for a second straight year.
The murals include two pieces of Mitchell history: the Corn Palace itself, and a campaign button that reads "McGovern for President in '72," an homage to the presidential bid of Mitchell native George McGovern in 1972.
The other murals include images of the Crazy Horse Monument, a rodeo cowboy riding a bucking bull, a woman standing on a prairie, a hunter with sights on a pheasant, a combine harvesting a field of grains, a motorcycle with the words "Sturgis," and a bighorn ram standing in front of the Badlands.
"What better place to showcase our state than on the World's Only Corn Palace," said Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt in a release announcing the mural theme.
The Corn Palace is generally redecorated each year with as many as 13 different colors of corn and grains, and the corn is nailed to the outside of the building to create a scene. The decorating process usually starts in late May and the current murals generally are removed in August and are replaced by October, but last year's work stretched into December.
The landmark, which has been located at its current site since 1921, has three large 20-by-30-foot mural panels that are at the front of the building to the corner of Main Street and Sixth Avenue. Six smaller mural panels are located on the south side of the building, facing the recently built Corn Palace Plaza.