Candy has long been part of the annual fundraiser for the Town of Genoa, Nevada’s first settlement, and the tradition continues on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29 with the 93rd Annual Candy Dance Art, Crafts and Food Faire.
Volunteers are currently working to make a ton-and-a-half of candy, following in the footsteps begun in 1919 by Genoa’s women, led by Lillian Virgin Finnegan, to raise money to purchase street lights for the town. The women sold their homemade candy during the day and hosted a gourmet dinner and dancing in the evening.
In the 1970s, an arts and crafts festival was added, which attracts around 30,000 people to the little town (population 250) at the foot of the Sierra Nevada’s eastern slope.
Today booth sales from an anticipated 300 juried artisans provide most of the profit for the event, which helps support the town’s operations and historic buildings. Besides Genoa candy —including fudge, peanut brittle, divinity and English toffee — food will be available from 37 food vendors.
Children-friendly activities are also available, including games and face painting.
The dance, which represents the second half of the Candy Dance tradition is Saturday night beginning at 5:30.
The “Bonanza Extravaganza” dinner dance features singer and entertainer Michael Fender, whose repertoire covers everything from Frank Sinatra to the Black Eyed Peas, with Motown, classic rock, country and big band swing in between. The dinner, prepared by Carson City BBQ, includes barbecued pork and chicken and fixings with a no-host bar opening at 4:30 p.m.
Advance tickets for the dinner and dance are available until Sept. 27 for $28 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Dance-only tickets in advance and at the door are $20. Tickets are also available for $50 per person for the Jackpot VIP Tables, which include special seating, premier wine, and a commemorative Candy Dance poster.
For more information call 775-782-8696 or visit genoanevada.org.