The original Corn Palace was known as the Corm Belt Exposition and was built in 1892 to showcase the rich soil of South Dakota and encourae people to settle in the area. It was originally a wooden castle. In 1904, the city of Mitchell mounted a challenge to the city of Pierre in an unsuccessful attempt to replaceit as the state capital. As part of this effort, the Corn Palace was rebuilt in 1905. In 1921 the Corn Palace was rebuilt once again and the Morrish domes and minarets were added in 1937. It costs $130,000 to decorate the Palance annually.
Other fun facts - Each year they select a new theme and redecorate the Corn Palace with new designs.
Over 275,000 ears of corn are used in the decorating.
All the colors of corn are naturally grownwith special seed raised just for the Corn Palace. Each color ust be planted in separate fields to maintain its pure color.