Corn Murals On Mitchell’s Corn Palace Won’t Change In 2016

The murals on the Corn Palace tourist attraction in Mitchell will stay in place a year longer than planned.

The city pays about $157,000 each year to redecorate the building’s exterior, which includes the murals made from corn of different varieties and color.

Mayor Jerry Toomey decided to leave the existing murals for another year to save money. The Corn Palace has operated at a deficit of at least $300,000 annually from 2011 to 2015.

The idea has generated mixed reactions, but Toomey says it’s a good chance to try out the idea and see how the murals hold up for a second year.

The Corn Palace is billed as the world’s only palace dedicated to the grain. It attracts about 200,000 tourists each year.