Plans approved for $7.2M Corn Palace renovation

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 16, 2013 at 8:49 am •  Published: July 16, 2013

Councilman Mel Olson questioned whether the council should approve plans for the second phase and possibly tie the hands of a future City Council, but Dailey said approving the plans now would mean designs would be ready for city leaders once that portion of the project was ready to move forward.

"I think you have to have a plan for the whole place," he said. "Without it, we're back to, 'What do we want to do?'"

The original Corn Palace in Mitchell was established in 1892 when settlers displayed the fruits of their harvest on the building. The third and current building was completed in 1921. The corn decorations are stripped each year and new murals are created. It takes about 275,000 ears of corn to decorate the building, which attracts about 200,000 tourists each year.