This South Dakota summer tradition draws people in from all over our state for a lot of reasons, the entertainment, the food, the carnival, the vendors and so much more. It is a celebration of the redecoration of the World's Only Corn Palace every year.

This year's Corn Palace Festival runs from August 21 through 25 in Mitchell and it is full of fun family activities, in fact, there is even a Passport to Fun that you can purchase!

For $49 you can ride all the carnival rides you want over & over until your head is spinning. Make sure you purchase the Passport to Fun voucher before August 23rd when the price goes up to $55. You can get them at the Corn Palace box office.

Wristbands for the rides on a daily basis are $24 and are sold at booths along the midway.

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Wednesday, August 21, there will be bingo for everyone with fun prizes in the VFW/Legion in the Armory. The vendors open in the afternoon and the open-class exhibits are due at the Corn Palace Armory.

The Open Class Exhibits are where people get to show off their skills in categories like Arts & Crafts, Photography, Foods, and Horticulture/Agriculture.

You could draw a picture, show off photographs, bake a cake or bread, or show off produce you've grown yourself. There are so many ideas for you in the Corn Palace Festival Exhibit Book.

There will be musical entertainment every day of the festival including Scotty McCreery and Rapid City native Rowan Grace on Thursday, August 22nd. There will be a local Battle of the Bands on Friday night (August 23). Then on Saturday, August 24, Skillet will be in concert with the opening group Saul Band.

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For more information on this not to miss summer celebration check out the Corn Palace Festival online or call the Corn Palace Box Office at 605-995-8430.

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