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Candy Dance

Time-honored festival returns to the Carson Valley town of Genoa for its 93rd year.

GenoaCandyDance-mainSeptember 28-29 marks the 93rd year the Town of Genoa will host its annual Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire. This year’s theme, Bonanza Extravaganza, celebrates Nevada’s upcoming sesquicentennial. With more than 300 craft and food vendors, Candy Dance attracts thousands of visitors each year with plenty of activities including the signature dinner-dance, which holds a unique history.

Originating in 1919 as an effort to raise money to purchase streetlights for the small community of Genoa, Lillian Virgin Finnegan, daughter of then Judge Daniel Webster Virgin, suggested the idea of a fundraiser dance in which candy would be passed around to increase turnout.

The event managed to raise the required funds for the streetlights; however, a town electrical bill resulted from the newfound luxury. The solution—candymakers were called upon each year to help promote the Candy Dance to pay for a year’s worth of electricity bills. The Arts and Crafts Faire was added in the 1970s, before it became a two-day event.

The highlight of the annual event is the Saturday night dinner-dance. Tickets are $28 for adults and $20 for children 12 and younger and include an all-you-can-eat dinner catered by Carson City Barbecue. If attendees want to attend the dance only, tickets can be purchased for $20 for both adults and children. The Michael Fender Show is furnishing the tunes. Doors to the dance open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner being served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Genoa Town Office or by calling 775-782-8696. Jackpot VIP tickets cost $50 per person and include VIP dinner seating, premier wines, a souvenir wine glass, and a commemorative poster.

Sweet Sippin’ Sundays
September 1 & October 6
On the first Sunday of the month, May through October, Genoa hosts its Sweet Sippin’ Sundays event, which raises money for several different local charities. The event features live music, prizes, sweets, and some delectable cocktails for attendees to sample. $12 gets you a keepsake glass and a Sweet Sippin’ passport that allows attendees to access vendors. Each month has a different theme. September’s is tequila, which of course means margaritas. The event is September 1, with all proceeds going to the Gardnerville and Scarselli elementary schools. Vodka is the theme for October 6, with all proceeds being donated to the Greater Genoa Business Association.

Concerts on the Green
September 8
Bring a picnic and a blanket to Genoa Park and enjoy an evening of free music. The event begins at 4 p.m. and features cowboy and folk band Old West Trio.

Halloween Party and Hayride
October 31
Genoa residents have the opportunity to celebrate Halloween during the annual Halloween Party and Hayride. Dinner, drinks, and treats are provided for attendees. Children can enjoy a pumpkin-decorating contest, and the hayride begins at 5 p.m. outside Genoa Town Hall.

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Genoa Town Office
P.O. Box 14, Genoa, NV 89411



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