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Old and new traditions make shopping convenient at fair

Staff reports

Many traditions have been born out of Genoa’s Candy Dance. Candy Dance itself is a 77-year-old tradition; the Arts and Crafts Faire is approximately 23 years old.

n Candy Dance 1997 postmark. For the 12th year, the Genoa Candy Dance will have its own pictorial postmark to commemorate its 77th anniversary. This year’s design is a drawing by Jesse Hughes from Gardnerville depicting the Town of Genoa overseen by the protective Carson Valley Hawk. Visitors may buy a post card for 20 cents or an envelope for 38 cents featuring the pre-stamped commemorative postmark at the mobile Genoa Post Office near the corner of Main and Nixon streets. Postmaster Emmy Dombrowski will also provide a running dialogue and announcements of the weekend’s events. This specialized postmark will be available for purchase until 90 days after Candy Dance, after which the postmarks are destroyed.

n Commemorative T-shirts and sweatshirts. In 1989, visitors to and residents of Genoa were treated to the first Genoa T-shirt booth at the Candy Dance and Arts and Crafts Faire. Linda Sanfilippo, resident and owner of The Genoa House Bed and Breakfast on Nixon Street, ordered a T-shirt designed from an old Candy Dance poster showing a couple dancing. This was the only design offered and sold for $15.

Over the years a variety of different designs, including the Candy Dance poster design of the year, sweatshirts and baseball caps were added, and sales increased.

n Package drop-off center. This the third year for the very popular package drop-off center for customers of the Arts and Crafts Faire. Centrally located at the Genoa Chapel on Nixon St., shoppers can drop off their many packages throughout the day to free themselves for more shopping. Drop off packages at the Church for 25 cents a package or bag it for $1 and visit more booths.

n Information booth. For the past three years, the Information Booth, which was once a booth just for the vendors, is now for everyone attending Candy Dance. Included is the information for shoppers as to where favorite vendors are located, plus information as to where new booths and food vendors are.

n Melodramer. “Miss Lilli’s Sweet Revue” will journey its way to the Genoa Candy Dance once again this year. Old friends and new will be present in this 20-minute musical “Burleque” review that is absolutely free. Miss Lilli will again be joined by the Professor, Darlin’ Dolly and new company members, Handsome Hank and Lilli’s sister from the East, Miss Edith Barrymore, plus songs and vaudeville skits.

Shows will be held in Genoa’s Old Town Hall at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, and two shows Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.

n Old-fashioned barbecue at Inn Cognito Restaurant. 1997 marks the comeback of an old tradition, abruptly halted, which was an old-time favorite for most during Candy Dance weekend – the ever-popular old-fashioned barbecue held at Inn Cognito Restaurant on Genoa Lane, with entertainment and horseshoe competition all afternoon.

n Antique show and sale. New to this year’s Candy Dance weekend is an Antique Show and Sale with over 30 vendors giving up their prized heirlooms to antique and collectible lovers. An antique appraiser will be on hand for all who wish to bring some of their precious possessions for an appraisal. Hosted by Antiques Plus, this new event will take place around the Antiques Plus lot located 1/4 mile south of Genoa on Foothill Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday.

n ATM returns. Last year proved to be a huge success for the ATM machine convenience.

n Parking. Due to the narrow streets of Genoa and for safety reasons, the town has requested that all vendors and shoppers of Candy Dance not park on Genoa streets. Locations for free parking provided by the town are on Genoa Lane and south of town on Foothill. All locations will be clearly marked, and a shuttle bus service will be offered.