“Corn Kid” Tariq Honored by Governor of South Dakota


The world still adores internet sensation “Corn Kid” Tariq. Over the weekend, the 7-year-old boy was declared South Dakota’s “official corn bassador.”

On Saturday, Governor Kristi Noem’s office tweeted an official proclamation naming September 3 “Official Corn Bassador Tariq Day” with photos of the young internet star at “Corn Palace”, a corn-themed tourist attraction in the town of Mitchell.

“The Corn Kid came to South Dakota @Corn_Palace!!!” read the tweet.

The proclamation described the “exceptional young man”, adding: “Tariq’s endorsement contains more than a kernel of truth and has reached ears around the world via social media.”

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Tariq rose to fame this month for his interview with the Instagram series “Recess Therapy,” in which host Julian Shapiro-Barnum quizzes little kids with creative questions.

In his interview, Tariq answered questions about his favorite food. “For me, I really like corn,” he told Shapiro-Barnum. “Since I was told the corn was real, it tasted good.”

When asked if Tariq believed corn wasn’t real, he answered. “When I tried it with butter, everything changed!”

“I mean look at this thing,” Tariq exclaimed. “I can’t imagine a more beautiful thing.”

The adorable interview – in which Tariq praised the corn for being ‘a big chunk with buttons’ that is expected to cost ‘a dollar’ – has been liked nearly two million times and has sparked a duet from the musical group Gregory Brothers.

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On Saturday, the governor’s office also shared TikTok Videos of Tariq holding an ear of corn saying, “Hi South Dakota. Have a nice day!” and sign corn cobs for local fans.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism also shared photos of Tariq tweeting, “The Corn King has arrived” and “He’s got the juice!”

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