Preparations under way for Genoa Candy Dance |

Preparations under way for Genoa Candy Dance

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The time is fast approaching for the long-awaited Genoa Candy Dance with its ever popular art and crafts fair Sept. 27-28.

This two-day community fundraiser, to maintain and preserve Nevada's historic landmark, run by volunteers, is held every year on the last full weekend in September.

"Since 1919, Candy Dance has been the primary fundraising event for Nevada's oldest settlement bringing music, shopping, and sweet homemade goodness for everyone," Publicity Chairwoman Barbara Florman said. "This year marks the 40th anniversary for the arts and crafts fair, which started in 1989, the 25th year for Genoa memorabilia and the 150th celebration of Nevada statehood. Artisans for the fair have been juried, the traditional Saturday night dinner dance has been scheduled and Genoa's famous 100-percent homemade candy is in the making."

Genoa's famous homemade candy has been in the making since the first week in August and will continue most every day until the week before Candy Dance. Volunteers of Genoa and beyond are busy mixing, stirring, pouring, and packaging over 2,000 pounds of sweet morsels including peanut brittle, divinity, fudge, almond rocca, peanut butter cups, rocky road, almond bark and toffee.

"The candy is made with the freshest ingredients; Guittard chocolates, butter, sugar, and nuts," Florman said. "There are no added preservatives or stabilizers to extend its shelf life or make it resistant to melting. Better bring something to keep the candy cool, or purchase an insulated tote from the candy store while supplies last."

Candy sales start at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall.

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"There are no presales and no, you can't phone ahead and reserve your favorites," Florman said. "This is on a first-come, first-served basis. These delicate tidbits sell fast, so come early to be the first in line to purchase. This year, it will be well worth any wait."

The traditional dinner dance is 4:30-10 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Genoa Park. In the past, the dinner was a buffet donated by Genoans.

"No one could anticipate the number of people that would attend and some years we ran out of food. How embarrassing," remarked Candy Dance Chairwoman Ann Marie Evans.

That all changed when a local restaurant catered the affair, guaranteeing there would be plenty of food. Also, because the dance became so popular, it was moved from the Genoa Town Hall to the Genoa Park where it remains today.

Two bands are scheduled to play for this year's dance; Joni Morris & The After Midnight Band from 5:30-7:30 p.m. followed by Notch 8 from 7:45-10 p.m.

"The music provided will be country western, a little rock 'n roll, and a bit of the '40s sound thrown in," Florman said.

Tickets for the Saturday night all-you-can-eat buffet and dance are $28 for adults, and $20 for children 12 years and younger. The dance only will be $20.

New this year is "The 1919 Society." This society is for those who wish something a little extra. Membership includes reserved dinner seating, a commemorative glass with two free drinks at dinner, special raffles, and more. Membership is $50 per person or any group of 10 for $450. Call the Town of Genoa at 782-8696 to reserve tickets.

Free to the public is the two-day art and crafts fair 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday throughout the business district and the Mormon Station State Historic Park. Upward to 300 fine artists, crafters, and food vendors will be attending coming from Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada and beyond.

"From homemade soaps to homegrown nuts; from handcrafted wooden toys to intricately hand embroidered clothing; from homegrown dried flower arrangements to hand blown glass sculptures; from tole painting to the fine art of water color, oil, acrylic, pen & ink, and for the kiddies, face painting; the arts and crafts fair promises to have something for everyone," Florman said. "As a bonus, the artist may just be on hand to sign that painting or collectible that you purchased at his or her booth."

There will also be a Genoa memorabilia booth next to the Town Hall selling commemorative Candy Dance, Genoa and Sierra T-shirts.

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