This weekend Genoa continues its 93-year alternative to taxation with the Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Fair.
Nevada’s first settlement has been putting on some sort of fundraiser for the town since 1919 when Lillian Virgin Finnegan cooked up the scheme of selling homemade candy at a dance to raise money for streetlights.
It had been three years since the county seat left the town for Minden, and as anyone who’s visited around 4 p.m. in winter knows, it gets dark early.
After the streetlights were purchased, the money raised went to pay the electric bill.
Decades later, in the early 1970s, the town’s young mothers sought a means to fund recreation for their children.
The solution was the arts and crafts fair that turned out to be the Golconda of fundraisers.
Today, the craft fair is responsible for the lion’s share of the town’s budget.
Were it not for the willingness of volunteers, both in and out of town, to make Candy Dance a reality, the taxpayers of Douglas County would be left paying the bill.
So here’s to a successful Candy Dance, for the bills it pays, the visitors it brings to Carson Valley, and the tradition it celebrates.