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Mitchell needs manpower to finish Corn Palace murals

October 7, 2018

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Mitchell’s main tourist attraction is looking for manpower for its murals.

As winter looms, city leaders are seeking part-time help to finish the murals adorning the city’s famous Corn Palace.

“We just need some manpower, more than anything else,” Mayor Bob Everson said.

The attraction bills itself as the world’s only palace dedicated to the commodity. It features murals made of hundreds of thousands of ears of corn and draws about 200,000 tourists each year.

Murals for next year’s season will have a military theme. Most are done, but there’s still work to do on some of them, Everson said.

One of the issues was that the corn was wet when it was harvested, so the drying process has taken time.

“It wasn’t ready to go and our kids who were doing the decorating — primarily the college kids and the part-timers — they went back to school,” City Councilman Kevin McCardle said. “So we’re working through it with fewer people and we’re a little bit behind.”

Plans are in the works for a special dedication ceremony Oct. 26, with military members on hand, according to The Daily Republic .

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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