Candy Dance this weekend in Genoa
Genoa’s 87th annual Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire will take place Saturday and Sunday in Genoa. The faire will feature more than 350 craft booths and food vendors, plus 4000 pounds of Genoa’s famous homemade candy.
The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free and parking in designated Candy Dance lots is $5 per vehicle. Free round-trip shuttles will be provided from these lots. Free parking will be available at the Carson Valley Inn and Douglas High School. Round-trip shuttles from these Minden locations will be $2 per person.
The first Candy Dance was organized in 1919 by Genoa resident Lillian Virgin Finnegan to raise to purchase street lights for the town. The dance took place at the Raycraft Hotel and Lillian and other Genoa women made candy to serve at the dance. In the years that followed the annual event continued as a way to raise money to pay the town’s electric bill for the street lights. It was considered the “Big Event of the Season” by people in the Carson Valley, Reno and surrounding communities. The Arts and Crafts Faire was added in the 1970s and later became the two-day event that continues today. To fund raised by the Town of Genoa during the Candy Dance weekend provide a substantial portion of the town’s annual budget.
For more information about the 87th annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire contact the Genoa Town Hall at (775) 782-8696.