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South Dakota scenes will adorn Corn Palace murals in 2020

A hunter with a shotgun and a pheasant is one of nine murals selected for the 2020 Corn Palace mural theme "South Dakota Homegrown." Courtesy Corn Palace

MITCHELL, S.D. - Some Mitchell and South Dakota staples will adorn the murals of the Corn Palace in 2020.

The theme of the 2020 Palace murals — "South Dakota Homegrown" — was announced late Tuesday, May 21. The murals are being designed in conjunction with Dakota Wesleyan University's digital media classes for a second straight year.

The murals include two pieces of Mitchell history: the Corn Palace itself, and a campaign button that reads "McGovern for President in '72," an homage to the presidential bid of Mitchell native George McGovern in 1972.

The other murals include images of the Crazy Horse Monument, a rodeo cowboy riding a bucking bull, a woman standing on a prairie, a hunter with sights on a pheasant, a combine harvesting a field of grains, a motorcycle with the words "Sturgis," and a bighorn ram standing in front of the Badlands.

The Corn Palace is generally redecorated each year with as many as 13 different colors of corn and grains, and the corn is nailed to the outside of the building to create a scene.

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