Candy Dance expected to net $130,000 |

Candy Dance expected to net $130,000

Caryn Haller
Tribune news service
Shannon Litz / Tribune news serviceJoyce Hamilton of Carson City makes a batch of toffee Sept. 8 at the Genoa Town Kitchen.

MINDEN, Nev. – With events all over Douglas County having lower than usual attendance this year, Genoa Town Manager Sheryl Gonzales is optimistic Candy Dance will be an exception.

“It’s a tradition not easily impacted by the economy. The strength of Candy Dance is its history,” she said. “It’s the greatest community event I’ve ever been involved in. People really believe in the purpose of the event.”

The 91st annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire & Dinner Dance is Sept. 24-25. Faire hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Dinner Dance is 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Genoa Town Park.

The purpose of the event is to fund town services such as roads, drainage and recreation projects.

“Without Candy Dance the Town of Genoa would not survive,” Gonzales said.

She also said the town is planning to net $130,000 from the event.

The faire features 300 arts and crafts exhibitors and food vendors from across the United States.

“We have everything from furniture to clothing to Bonsai plants,” Gonzales said.

The theme for the faire is “Proud to Say Made in the USA.” In order to qualify to be a vendor, 75 percent of the product must be made in the United States.

To satisfy visitors’ sweet tooth, 3,000 pounds of homemade candy is available for sale at the Genoa Town Hall.

Volunteers begin a month in advance making rocky road, toffee, almond bark, peanut brittle, fudge, peanut butter cups and fudge sauce.

Volunteer Joyce Hamilton said they are always looking for more volunteers, men and women and no experience is necessary.

She also said the key to a good rocky road is, “a lot of nuts, a lot of marshmallows and a lot of patience.”

Entertainment for the dinner dance features Gary Allegretto – The Harmonica Cowboy and the Unusual Suspects.

Tickets cost $27.50, and includes dinner and the concert. Dance only tickets cost $15. The deadline to purchase tickets is 4 p.m. Monday.

This year’s menu catered by Bella Vita includes chicken chardonnay, beef stroganoff, salads, rosemary herbed potatoes, balsamic-glazed green beans, bread, chocolate mousse and free candy.

Admission to the faire is free. Parking in designated parking lots is $5, however, free parking is available at Douglas High School and the Carson Valley Inn. Shuttle service from there is $2 per person.

For more information or to purchase dinner dance tickets call 782-8696.

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