Genoa prepares for sweetest night of the year |

Genoa prepares for sweetest night of the year


When one thinks of Genoa the Candy Dance comes to mind. When one thinks of the Candy Dance Genoa comes to mind. The oldest settlement in the state of Nevada will celebrate the 83rd Candy Dance Sept. 27 and 28. The dinner dance will take place Saturday night only, with a tickets price of $20. David John and the Comstock Cowboys will be playing on stage from 6 to 10 p.m. in the historic Genoa Town Hall. Western or casual attire is suggested. A limited number of tickets are available.

The Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire was added in the 1970s and is now a two-day event with more than 350 crafters and food vendors on hand for a great weekend of shopping and food sampling. Admission to the faire is free. Beautiful crafts of every description can be admired and purchased in the Genoa Town Park on Nixon Street and Mormon Station State Monument Park on Main Street, plus other easy to find locations. The Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire is known throughout the West as one of the best fairs for both the crafter and the shopper. The crafter’s talent is demonstrated by their own works of art. The faire will open at 9 a.m. each day.

Look for the colorful balloons flying over the Genoa homemade candy and Genoa T-shirt booths located inside the Mormon Station Park Stockade. Boxes of mixed candy, a variety of fudge, divinity, turtles and much more — all so delicious. The special poster design T-shirt and tote bags along with other apparel will be for sale. A great place to shop for those special gifts.

Free, comfortable shuttle buses that are handicap accessible will transport visitors from the three street entrance parking lots into Genoa. There also will be free Dart Bus Company service operating both days from the Carson Valley Inn and Douglas County High School parking lots to Genoa and return. A full bus will leave at approximately 8 a.m. and continue to and from Genoa throughout the day. Not set schedule. The bus will leave when all seats are occupied.

The first Candy Dance was held in the Raycraft Hall (Genoa Town Hall) in 1919 in an effort to raise funds for electric street lamps for the town. Local residents, Lillian Virgin Finnegan and her aunt, Jane Raycraft Campbell, suggested a dance with large trays of homemade candy passed among the dancers during the evening. Lillian suggested the idea from a cruise she had enjoyed. The Genoa ladies all made their favorite candy recipes then took the candy to Lillian’s kitchen at the Pink House. The dance was a great success and soon after three street lights glowed over the town. A light pole was placed at each end of town and one in the middle of town on Main Street. The residents were so proud of this accomplishment. The dance continued to add more street light and to pay the yearly electric bills. Today, the revenue is used to maintain the town hall, church, town office and operate the town.

For more information call the Genoa town office at (775) 782-8696.

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