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Candy Dance celebrates 80th year

Staff reports

What happens every year and draws upward of 60,000 people to Genoa, the oldest settlement in Nevada?

The Genoa Candy Dance, of course, and this year the tiny town is celebrating the event’s 80th year.

Since the 1970s, the celebration has been more known for the two-day arts and crafts fair than the dance itself. The fair is held at the Mormon Station State Historic Monument grounds and the Genoa Town Park.

Some 300 booths will offer high-quality work by artisans from Nevada and other states.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available in the morning, and 12 food vendors will be positioned at a food court at the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department station, selling lunch meals. Other food booths with refreshing beverages and goodies will be placed at various spots in the two parks.

In addition, face painting for children is planned.

Saturday night dinner dance tickets are now on sale for $15 per ticket, with dancing to Eddie D and his band. On tap are swing music, country, rock and roll and tunes from other eras. Wine beer and soft drinks will be available for sale, and a complimentary buffet dinner will be provided to purchasers of dance tickets.

Tickets may be purchased by mailing $15 per ticket, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to the Town of Genoa, P.O. Box 155, Genoa 89411, by visiting the town office at 2289 Main Street or by calling 782-8696 and using a credit card.

On Candy Dance weekend, roads will be closed in Genoa. Access to the Candy Dance fair will be available on Genoa Lane, Jacks Valley Road and Foothill Road. Free parking is available at all three streets just outside the town of Genoa.

Shuttles will be running all day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the parking areas into town. Through traffic will not be allowed on Candy Dance days and only authorized persons and residents will be allowed access.