Sep 17, 2009 | Okaton, SD
Sep 17, 2009

The blank grasslands of South Dakota stretch on forever, making fools of east coast fields. Thousands of grasshoppers sacrifice themselves on every speeding windshield that cuts through the hot day. Other prairie creatures — birds, deer, rams, raccoons, and a surly otter — survive death (in a sentimental way) to decorate the Cabella's outlet store in Mitchell. Meanwhile, old farmers and their ladies dance to quiet, lovingly played polka music at the Mitchell Corn Palace (the world's only corn palace).