While enthusiastic about the prospect of having a replacement for Pops in the Park on July Fourth, Genoa Town Board members suggested organizers come back in two months when the town has a better handle on its finances.
Genoa resident Sue Knight asked the town board for $2,500 to pay for Mormon Station State Historic Park for the proposed festival.
According to Knight, the proposal would include live music from the Traditional Americana Music Program during the day.
She said she has been in contact with David Bugli with the Carson City Symphony, who is interested in performing the traditional patriotic songs, including the “Salute to the Armed Services.” Knight said that Chris Bayer, a Carson City traditional musician, is also interested in performing.
The Americana Festival, performed at Virginia City on the Fourth in prior years, is now looking for a new home.
The event is being organized by the Friends of Genoa. Knight said the event would start at about 10 a.m. and last through the day, with games and other activities for children.
Most of the event would be paid for through a variety of means, including fundraising.
Board member Nancy Aten said she felt the event was worth the money.
“I think this is a wonderful project, and we need to support it,” she said. “But we need to determine how to fund it.”
Knight said the event doesn’t have a name yet, though everyone so far agrees not to call it Pops in the Park.
The Reno Philharmonic performed its last concert in Genoa on July 4 after a nearly 30-year run that began in 1984. The event attracted about 3,000 people to Nevada’s first settlement every July Fourth. Sponsored by the Sierra Philharmonic League, the concert costs for the event were climbing, hitting $36,000 in 2009. That money was raised by the league, which never charged for the event.
“It would be a shame to let this event slip from our fingers,” Board member Greg Pace said.”
Former County Commissioner Mike Olson told board members the event would continue to enhance the town’s reputation as a tourist draw for the Valley.
“The Fourth of July event has to continue,” he said.