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Candy Dance leaves shoppers satisfied

by Caryn Haller
challer@recordcourier.com
Thousands of people fill the streets of Genoa during the annual Candy Dance last weekend.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

Genoa was a bustling shopping mecca Saturday as thousands of people swarmed Nevada’s first settlement for the 93rd annual Candy Dance.

With more than 300 craft and food vendors tucked into every corner and side street, it was hard for visitors to decide where to start.

“We map it out and have our strategy all ready, Sparks resident Nancy Elcano said Saturday. “I’d say we get to at least 200 of the vendors. We try to find everybody.”



In front of the town hall, sweets lovers were lined 20 deep out the door to buy their share of tasty confections.

Gail Vangundy drove more than eight hours from Eugene, Ore., to get her peanut brittle and sampler box of chocolate.



“The candy gets better every year it seems like,” she said. “I’ve been coming for 21 years. I’m a crafty person so I get ideas from other people.”

In one of the art booths, Einer and Gail Hoffren found a metal sculpture of woods with a horse and eagle they had to take home with them to Carson City.

“All this artwork is beautiful. If we had room we’d buy more,” Einer said. “We only get what we can carry.”

“If we see something we want, we buy it,” Gail added, “because we probably won’t be able to find it again.”

For Suzanne Corbin, getting to Candy Dance was as easy as stepping out her front door.

The Genoa resident lives next door to the church.

“It’s somewhat of an inconvenience, but it’s amazing and we love it,” she said of so many visitors. “This is my 11th year, and I think it’s a great event. It brings all these artisans together in one spot.”

Bob and Karen Grenzow of Cascade Designs have been selling their laser-engraved wood and iron creations at Candy Dance for 15 years.

“My husband does all the metal work and I do all the woodwork,” Karen said. “This is a good show. They jury really hard to get homemade items. “

Karen also commented on the revitalization projects the town has undergone since last year.

“I love all the beautification things they have done,” she said. “This is a beautiful area. We like this little town.”

Shaelee Seipp of Elko has been attending Candy Dance for 10 years.

“Our whole family meets here from Vegas, Elko and Round House, and we all go together,” she said.” We usually like the woodwork stuff. We try to stick to a budget, but we just buy what we see.”

Rocklin, Calif., resident Debbie Menendez had heard about the craft fair, but had never been until this year.

“My sister and her daughter comes, and I heard it was fantastic. I’m not disappointed,” she said. “I love it. I think there’s something for everyone, just about.”