Genoa ready for Candy Dance

Visitors packed Genoa around lunchtime for the 2021 Candy Dance.

Visitors packed Genoa around lunchtime for the 2021 Candy Dance.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

With thousands of visitors expected in Genoa this weekend for the 103rd annual Candy Dance, the best place to park is often the biggest concern.

According to Genoa Town Manager David Qualls it depends on which direction you are coming from.

“People coming from Gardnerville and Minden should exit highway 395 on to Muller Lane and park on the Foothill Road lot,” he said. “South bound visitors from Carson City should exit 395 to Genoa Lane and use the Genoa Lane lot.”

Genoa Lane, Jacks Valley and Foothill roads close on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Highway 395 is reduced to one lane southbound to accommodate visitors turning onto Genoa Lane. No left turns are permitted onto Highway 395 from Genoa Lane during the craft fair.

Qualls said the Jacks Valley route and parking at the Genoa cemetery fills up quickly and the best parking are at the other locations which are visibly marked and NDOT has provided signs to direct traffic.

“There is also a shuttle at both lots, so people don’t have to walk,” he said.

The shuttle is provided by Douglas County and can give at least 15 people a ride at a time.

“This is the second year we have used the shuttle and people have been very happy with it,” said Qualls. “It’s very convenient and people are not waiting long for a ride.”

The Genoa Candy Dance originated in 1919 and has grown into the town’s major fundraising event, bringing hundreds of crafters and visitors into the area for the two-day event.

This year more than 3,000 pounds of candy was made by volunteers and at least 400 vendors are set up throughout the town. From food and beverages for all ages, and handmade crafts, Qualls said the event is a family friendly tradition.

“Everything has to do with family and friends coming together and having a good time, so bring your kids and have a great day checking out the 100s of vendors and activities,” he said.

Aside from shopping the vendors and purchasing homemade candy at the Genoa Town Hall, the Masons are serving breakfast from 6-11 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 per person.

The traditional dinner-dance is 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday with dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. table space is limited.

Qualls said as of Friday all of the “1919 club” tickets were sold out and only 100 open seats were available. To purchase tickets, visit



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