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Annual Corn Palace Festival to kick off Aug. 24 featuring big music names, a carnival and more

The Corn Palace Festival celebrates the annual redecoration of the World’s Only Corn Palace.

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MITCHELL – The annual Corn Palace Festival is set to kick off Wednesday, Aug. 24, featuring five days of music, rides and more.

After vendors begin setup on Tuesday, the festival is set to begin Wednesday with VFW/Legion Bingo from 3 to 10 p.m, Open Class Exhibits at 5 p.m and free music on the Scoreboard-Culver’s Plaza stage at 6 p.m., featuring Adam and Amy Pope.

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Passports to Fun vouchers will be sold for $49 until Wednesday, Aug. 24, when the price goes up to $55. The vouchers can be redeemed for unlimited ride bracelets starting August 25, the week of the festival at the Goldstar Offices in the City Hall parking lot. For single-day wristbands, they can be purchased for $24 along the midway ticket booths during the week of the festival.

Other entertainment across the remainder of the festival includes big names like Randy Houser — a three-time chart-topping country music singer — Russell Dickerson, Night Ranger and Randy Travis.

The Corn Palace Festival celebrates the annual redecoration of the World’s Only Corn Palace, carrying on over 130-year-old traditions of music, carnival rides, food and speciality vendors, along with locals bringing in their best produce to be judged.

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Despite a few minor hiccups this spring, the 16-person crew is set to finish the famous corn-inspired murals in September. The 2023 theme will feature famous South Dakotans, including names like Laura Ingalls-Wilder, Joe Foss and Bob Barker.

A little bit of road construction on 5th Avenue and Main Street might bring some pause to festival goers, but small businesses along Main Street are welcoming anyone and everyone with open arms. Some are even offering discounts, specials and longer hours to make it worth the while.

“Typically we stay open later – until about 7 p.m. – and we do specials as well during the festival,” said Robin Weins, owner of Crazy About Cupcakes.

“Construction costs are only going up from here on out from what it looks like. The sooner we can get this rolling, the cheaper it will be for us to do,” Councilman Kevin McCardle said of the estimated $40 million project.

A full schedule for this year's 2022 Corn Palace Festival schedule can be found on the venue's website.

Cassie Williams joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2022. To get in contact with Cassie about potential stories, feel free to email her at cwilliams@mitchellrepublic.com.
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