Free bus service offered at Genoa Candy Dance |

Free bus service offered at Genoa Candy Dance

Staff reports

Free transportation from outside of town to the Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire is just one of the amenities that dancegoers from 30 years ago wouldn’t recognize.

The Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire is another one.

From 1919 until the 1970s, the Candy Dance was a Carson Valley affair, with a dinner and dance featuring homemade candy being passed among the guests.

Nowadays, visitors from all over Nevada and northern California and even farther afield arrive in the town to purchase some of the finest arts and crafts to be displayed anywhere.

Upwards of 50,000-60,000 visitors are expected at the fair, and because parking is not allowed on state right-of-way on the highway nor on streets within the town, people park their vehicles outside of town and ride buses in.

According to Barbara Florman, publicity director for the 1997 version, over 700 artisans submitted applications to the fair judging committee, and only 300 were chosen.

The arts and crafts fair takes place Sept. 27 and 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The dance is Saturday night, featuring live music and a complimentary supper with the price of the ticket.

Homemade candy will be sold both days inside the stockade at the Mormon Station State Historic Monument.

The crafts booths will be set up at Mormon Station and at the Genoa Town Park and along Nixon Street. A food court will offer a fine variety of lunch and snack food at the new Genoa Volunteer Fire Department fire station next to theGenoa courthouse, now a museum operated by the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Candymaking continues throughout the month at the old Genoa fire station. Volunteers help make the candy, and about 4,000 pounds will be sold this year.

Games, melodramas, a barbecue on Sunday at the Inn Cognito restaurant and an antique show and sale at Antiques Plus are also planned. The band Rush Hour will play at the dance.

Last year, Candy Dance events raised over $100,000 for the Town of Genoa, which is the oldest town in the state.

The money raised last year as well as this year will be used for road maintenance, building maintenance and the remodeling of the old fire station as a town structure now that the fire fighters have a new station, says town secretary and Candy Dance overall chairman, Ann Marie Evans.