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Mitchell South Dakota – World’s Only Corn Palace


One town we HAD to stop in was Mitchell, South Dakota.  See their visitor guide here.   Stop by the Visitor’s Center across from the Corn Palace. It’s the same building the gift shop is in.

Out front is a sculpture and a plaque. Photos by Al.


Corn is the theme of this community. It is even on the bottom of the lampposts downtown.

The World’s Only Corn Palace is a must-see for any visitor to this state. Of course we did! It has been a centerpiece of Mitchell since 1892, still looking brand new with recent renovations.

We arrived at 12:40 after leaving Madison at 5:30 AM. You could see it on your right as you approached downtown, the turrets reaching toward the sky.

The Corn Palace is an entertainment venue, inside is a large auditorium for shows. They were setting it up for a circus performance that  was going to take place that evening.

When you come inside the lobby, friendly volunteers welcome you and have some information available about the Corn Palace and other South Dakota attractions.  The columns inside even look like corn cobs.

On the main floor and the 2nd floor and displays and pictures of the Corn palace years ago. A plaque dedication the “new” Corn Palace upstairs.

The LED lights add an elegant accent above the entrance.

The pictures outside are new every year and are made of corn and other agriculture of South Dakota.  These pictures are on the front of the building.

These are on the right side of the building. Here is this year’s pictures, beginning with Elvis, the largest picture. Then the 5 smaller ones just right of Elvis (click on image to enlarge).

Across the street is the corn palace gift shop and mall and a chance to get a great selfie like we did.

 Stop at the Corn Palace, you will have a great time!



The Wisconsin Opry Musical Family-The Dickinsons

We have visited the WIsconsin Opry several times since 2011, and always had a good time.  The performers are the Dickinson family and a few other members, and they have been entertaining guests every summer since 1979. Read here about them in greater detail.

Our first visit was 9-24-11 for Virgil’s Fall Festival.  On the grounds is Cindy’s Cafe, Antique Mall and Craft Mall, and the Opry building.  Just down the road is their Dinner Barn where we ate last June 20 before the show. A big sign greets you upon entering the driveway.

Opry Sign back

Craft Mall

Cindys Cafe

Lots of great fall color!

Carmel Apples

Carmel Apples

Pumpkin Cart

We had lunch at Cindy’s Cafe, what a lot of fun!  Specials were great fall soups..

Squash soup

We got that and paninis, yum!

Butternut Squash soup

Butternut Squash soup

Cindy Cafe Panini

During lunch Virgil and Cynthia Dickinson and another perform put on an impromtu show!  I shot the video before Cindy came in.

Cynthia and Virgil Dickinson (L-R)

Cynthia and Virgil Dickinson (L-R)

We had such a great time we came back for the whole show on June 20, 2012. Top video is from that show.  We had a home-cooked turkey dinner at the dinner barn first.

Dinner Barn

Dinner Barn


Pre-show turkey dinner

Pre-show turkey dinner

While we were eating we were entertained and we also sang along to a few songs before adjourning to the show barn.

Lunch Show

Lunch Show

What a great show, the Dickinsons’ really know how to entertain and make you feel like part of the family.  My husband and I recommend to anyone who likes classic country and gospel music.

Opry 1

Opry 3