Deadline for Candy Dance crafters March 13

Staff Reports


The Town of Genoa seeks artisans and crafters of handmade art and crafts to display and sell at the 89th Annual Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire on Sept. 26 and 27.

Event organizers are interested in providing a variety of hand-crafted items at this year's event. 

"Our emphasis this year is on getting back to quality," said Sheryl Gonzales, 2009 Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire chair. "There are many arts and crafts fairs. We want the Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire to stand out from all the rest."

Applications available from the Genoa Town Office, 782-8696, or from the Candy Dance Web site, Application deadline is March 13.

The Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire features more than 325 crafters and vendors, and 4,000 pounds of homemade candy. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Parking in designated lots available for a fee. The Candy Dance dinner and dance is Sept. 26. Location, time and ticket information to be announced.

The first Candy Dance was organized in 1919 by Genoa resident Lillian Virgin Finnegan to raise money for street lights in Genoa. Finnegan and the women of Genoa made candy to serve at the dance.

The candy making and Candy Dance continued to pay Genoa's electric bill for the street lights. The art and crafts fair was added in the 1970s. Funds raised during Candy Dance weekend still provide a substantial portion of Genoa's annual budget.  

Information at 782-8696 or  




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