Ready, set, shop |

Ready, set, shop

by Caryn Haller
Suzie Watkins of Lake Tahoe shops for homemade candy during a previous Candy Dance.
Shannon Litz file photo |


What: Genoa Candy Dance

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Where: Genoa


Former Genoa Town Manager Sheryl Gonzales has mixed feelings about her seventh and final Candy Dance.

“There’s a lot of good relationships there that I’m going to miss. We have a great staff and core of volunteers that know what they are doing,” she said. “I’m going to miss the process that gets us through to the final product of candy dance.”

The 93rd annual Genoa Candy Dance Art, Crafts and Food Faire is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The theme, “Bonanza Extravaganza” is a tribute to Nevada’s sesquicentennial.

“We wanted to get an early start in the celebration by themeing the Candy Dance around Nevada’s 150th anniversary,” Gonzales said. “All of the merchandise is blue and silver, and the wine glasses are cobalt blue. They’re really pretty.”

For the first time in Gonzales’ seven years at the helm of Candy Dance, all 300 craft fair spaces are sold out, and there is a waiting list for food vendors.

“I think the quality really stands out this year,” she said. “The town and volunteers have worked hard to attract quality vendors.”

Part of the draw for Candy Dance visitors, Gonzales said is that all the vendors sell handmade items with materials made in the U.S.

“Ninety-eight percent of the vendors make their item. They paint it, they handcraft the jewelry, they sculpt their pots,” she added. “It needs to be owned by the artist. The artist who’s in the booth, is the artist who designed it or made it.”

There will also be activity booths for children including face painting, moon bounces, NASCAR racing and water ball rides.

Music for the dinner dance part of the weekend on Saturday night is by Bay Area entertainer Michael Fender.

“He’s an all-inclusive versatile entertainer. Anybody that has heard him, raves about him,” Gonzales said. “He’s not just a singer, he really entertains by moving out into the audience and bringing audience members on stage.”

Dinner is all-you-can-eat barbecue by Carson City Barbecue.

The Masons are hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Parking is on Foothill Road, Genoa Lane, and the Genoa Cemetery for $5. Guests can also catch a $3 shuttle ride from Douglas High School or Carson Valley Inn.

“This all happens because of the huge community spirit this Valley and Genoa enjoys,” Gonzales said. “We have more than 200 volunteers that help put this on. The spirit of community is unequaled to any event or community I’ve worked with over my 30-year career.”

For more information, visit http://www.genoa