Wednesday, 08 August 2012 07:06
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) _ The Corn Palace events center and tourist attraction in Mitchell will be a little less colorful this year because of drought.
The dry conditions have hurt some of the colored corn that a contracted farmer grows for the palace murals. The Daily Republic reports four colors of corn will be taken out of the mural designs this year: blue, calico, orange and light brown.
Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling says there might be some usable cobs in each of the colors but only a limited amount.
It takes about 275,000 ears of corn to decorate the Corn Palace, which attracts about 200,000 tourists each summer. The board that oversees the facility had considered keeping the current murals for another year but decided to go forward with a scaled-back redecoration.