We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

‘It's corn!' TikTok’s viral Corn Kid to visit South Dakota's Corn Palace

Tariq took the internet by storm this month after a popular TikTok account, Recess Therapy, interviewed Tariq about an ear of corn he was eating. “For me, I really like corn,” Tariq said in a video. “Ever since I was told that corn was real, it tasted really good, but when I tried it with butter, everything changed.”

Corn Palace 1.jpg
We are part of The Trust Project.

MITCHELL, S.D. — A young boy whose obsession with corn brought him internet stardom is visiting the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, on Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

Tariq took the internet by storm this month after a popular TikTok account, Recess Therapy, interviewed Tariq about an ear of corn he was eating.

“For me, I really like corn,” Tariq said in a video. “Ever since I was told that corn was real, it tasted really good, but when I tried it with butter, everything changed.”

Describing corn as “a big lump with knobs,” Tariq believes not everyone has to try it for it to be “the best.”

After the original interview was posted to Recess Therapy’s page in early August, it quickly went viral, inspiring the audio to be remixed into a short musical number, which renewed the video’s traction on the social media app, as hundreds of thousands of videos have since been posted using both the original audio and the remix.

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED:
Sunflowers, long grown by U.S. farmers for oil and confectionery uses, have increased in popularity among the general public during the past few years because of their bright and cheery appearance.

Though an exact number of likes garnered by the audio and song is ever-changing, the two TikTok sounds have racked up billions of likes on the platform.

According to Katlyn Svendsen, public relations director for the South Dakota Department of Tourism, Tariq and his family will visit Mitchell on Saturday, where Tariq will get to experience the Corn Palace for the first time.

As part of his trip to the Corn Palace, the state’s tourism department will designate Tariq as a Corn-bassador, and a proclamation will be issued commemorating his visit.

A trip to South Dakota is just the latest of Tariq’s public appearances since his claim to fame.

He’s since been featured in a Chipotle commercial, ordering a bowl with nothing but corn. He’s also kicked up a Cameo account, giving buyers the opportunity to purchase a special video message at a fee as low as $200.

The trip to South Dakota was organized in conjunction with Mitchell’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021. After over a year in Mitchell, he moved to Milwaukee, where he now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
What to read next
Footage includes progress on a small butcher shop and proximity to nearby businesses and landmarks. Sioux Falls voters will decide whether to ban future slaughterhouse in the city on Nov. 8.
Wholestone Farms backers say they have "an uphill battle" to defeat proposed ban on new slaughterhouses in the city. A ballot initiative brought by opponents to the plant will be decided in Nov. 8 election.
The Cub tractor has been a particular pleasure for Wayne Aspengren to collect and display.
A proposed pumped storage project in Gregory County, an investment by Missouri River Energy Services and MidAmerican Energy Company into the "reliability" of a decarbonized grid, has residents of rural towns like Burke and Platte worried about their livelihoods.