Candy Dance returns to Genoa |

Candy Dance returns to Genoa

Staff Reports
Main Street in Genoa is still packed around 4pm Saturday as Candy Dance shoppers wind-up the first day of the event .
Brad Coman |

if you go

What: Candy Dance Art & Craft Faire

When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Genoa


Carson Valley’s biggest party is also a fundraiser for Nevada’s oldest town.

The annual Candy Dance Art & Craft Faire is this weekend in Genoa, featuring 300-some booths, dinner and homemade candy.

Tickets are still available to the dinner-dance that gives the event its name, although tickets for the 1919 Society tables have been sold out, according to Town Manager Phil Ritger.

Dinner will be provided by Reno’s Cherry Bomb Catering for the first time, with live music provided by Decoy.

Dinner dance attendees park at the Genoa Lane parking lot for free starting at 4 p.m. with their tickets.

Roads through Genoa will be closed at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and won’t reopen until 7 p.m. each night.

Parking is available at the closures along Genoa Lane, Foothill Road and Jacks Valley Road for $5 per vehicle. Parking in the Genoa Cemetery on Jacks Valley Road is extremely limited and fills up by 9 a.m. each day.

There is free parking and a $3 shuttle from the Carson Valley Inn, but visitors using this means should be prepared for waits as there is only one shuttle running every 30 minutes, and it only holds about 20 people a trip.

“Limited shuttle service from the Carson Valley Inn in Minden runs approximately every 45 minutes during Faire hours only ~ 8:30 a.m. (starting at the CVI) to 5:30 p.m. (from Genoa Candy Dance Faire),” Ritger said. “During peak traffic hours, the shuttle may take as long as 60 minutes per round trip. The shuttle service can handle approximately 40 passengers per hour during peak attendance and traffic hours.”

Candy sales will be conducted in the Town Hall.

“Candy has always been a key ingredient to the success of the Candy Dance,” Ritger said. “Lillian Virgin Finnegan, who founded the dance in 1919, served homemade candy as a way to bring valley residents to a community fall dance. The dance was planned to help raise funds for the lights needed for the streets of Genoa. Each year since then community volunteers have donated their time and talents to make the delicious candies that are sold at Candy Dance.” More than two tons of candy in 14 varieties have been made for the event, including fudge, divinity, chocolate-dipped divinity; English toffee; peanut butter cups, peanut brittle, almond bark, cookies & cream bark, rocky road and chocolate-covered pretzels.

“The Town would like to thank all of our volunteers for their tireless efforts that make this event possible every year,” Ritger said. “We would also like to thank our local sponsors for their generous support of the Town: Bently Ranch Meats, 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa, NV Energy, Capital Beverages, Model Dairy, QuickSpace Nevada, Gillmor Coons Real Estate Group, Carson Tahoe Regional Health, Minden Med Spa, Carson Surgical Group, Alhambra Water and Home Depot.”