The Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce formed a committee about a year ago to study the future of the Corn Palace.
At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Chamber Board President Doug Dailey will discuss the committee’s recommendations on the next 20 years for the Corn Palace and surrounding area. Dailey said Sunday part of the report will focus on the need to expand the venerated local building or build a fourth Palace on the Prairie.
The first Corn Palace opened in 1892, with the second version opening in 1905. The present Corn Palace opened in 1921, although the recognizable design evolved until it added the domes and spires we now see in 1937.
The Corn Palace doesn’t have the seating needed for state basketball tourneys, Mitchell was told in the mid-2000s, and other events are being lost for a lack of space and seating. Do we need a fourth generation Corn Palace?
And it plans for one compete or interfere with the proposed community center on the DWU campus that the city, Avera Queen of Peace and the college would create? Dailey says no.