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Sweet festival dances into Genoa

by staff

The town of Genoa, Nev., will celebrate its 76th annual Candy Dance and Fine Arts & Crafts Faire Sept. 26 and 27. The faire is free and will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The Candy Dance was the idea of Lillian Finnegan and was begun in 1919 to raise funds to provide electric street lights for Genoa. The event, which has continued to raise money for other needed town improvements, has taken place annually except for one year during World War II and another in the 1960s.

Events for the 1998 two-day extravaganza will include a buffet and dance with music by Gold Rush on Sept. 26, sale of Genoa’s homemade candy and the fine art and crafts booths. Added attractions are the Antique Show and Sale at Antiques Plus and the traditional melodrama put on by the Brewery Arts Center in the Old Towne Hall.

Preparations for the event are under way and volunteers are pitching in to help make Nevada’s Oldest Settlement fund-raiser the best one to date. More than 900 applications for booth spaces were submitted from all over the county and approximately 350 booths with quality merchandise will be set up throughout the town and in both parks.

Traditionally, the Candy Dance and Arts & Crafts Faire has been organized and run by Genoa volunteers. Today, however, volunteers come from all the neighboring communities including Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville, Virginia City, Reno, Dayton, Yerington and Fallon. With the growing size of Candy Dance and new activities that have been scheduled, even more volunteers are needed.

Help is sought for buffet/dance ticket sales; candy making, packaging and selling; coffee and donut sales, T-shirt sales, buffet serving and cleanup; vendor hosting; publicity; marking vendor locations; and marking no-parking zones. The candy making is already in progress, with more than 4,000 pounds to be made and sold this year. The process is very time consuming and demands a lot of man and woman hours as well as brute strength to wield the large copper pots and heavy boxed candy. Candy making and packaging takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. To volunteer and for more information and tickets, call (702) 782-8696.

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