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Welcome greeting from Doug Greenway. Director of Corn Palace

On behalf of The World’s Only Corn Palace and the City of Mitchell, I want to welcome you to the 2024 Dakota Oyate Challenge and wish all of the team’s success.  Mitchell’s first Corn Palace was built in 1892, conceived as a gathering place where city residents and their rural neighbors could enjoy a fall festival with extraordinary entertainment.  That tradition continues more than 130 years later with the addition of this 2024 Challenge Tournament. 


This Corn Palace built in 1921 hosted the South Dakota State Basketball tournament in its first year.  Each year more than 200 basketball games are played under these corn murals.  We hope the athletes make special memories playing in the Corn Palace, noted by USA Today as “The Boston Garden of the Midwest”.   Two of our 2024 Famous South Dakotan murals depict Olympic Gold Medalist and Oglala Lakota Billy Mills from Pine Ridge and Yanktonai Indian artist Oscar Howe from Crow Creek.  Both created a legacy in South Dakota and at the World’s Only Corn Palace.  Start building your legacy today with your participation and attendance at the 2024 Dakota Oyate Challenge.  Thank you for attending today we appreciate you coming to Mitchell.

Doug Greenway

 Director, The World’s Only Corn Palace.

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