Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo to begin

One of the best rodeos in the state is this week in Mitchell. The Corn Palace Stampede is not only great for its rodeo action — it’s sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which is the "major league" of rodeo — but it’s also great because of its ancillary events and its easy-to-reach location.

Besides the rodeo performances Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at the outdoor arena on Mitchell’s north side, there’s also a golf tournament Tuesday, a parade Saturday morning through Mitchell, a cowboy church service Sunday morning and a chili cook-off and country music showdown Sunday afternoon.

All of the events are easily accessible to travelers in Mitchell, which is along Interstate 90 in the eastern part of the state. There are many other rodeos in South Dakota, but few of them are along the route that tourists travel to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. If you happen to be traveling across the state this week,  you might consider stopping in Mitchell to see a rodeo performance.

For more information, visit the Corn Palace Stampede website

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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