Candy Dance hits sweet spot
We may have to start revising upward the number of people coming to Candy Dance each year.
Our barometer is the distance up Jacks Valley Road visitors park after the Genoa Cemetery runs out of room around 9 a.m.
This year folks were parking out past the Adams Ranch and walking more than a mile to get to the shuttle on Saturday afternoon.
The candy was selling off quickly as well. With more than a ton for sale, $30,000 went out of the doors of the Town Hall on the first day.
Most of the money Candy Dance earns for the town comes in before a single shopper sets foot in town. Fees for craft booths raise the majority of the cash for the event, while candy sales help defray costs associated with it, like emergency services, restrooms and traffic control.
Parking fees generally go to help the organizations working the lots. On good years, and this sounds like it was one, the dinner dance pays for itself.
During the Great Recession, the town went looking for alternative events to help support its care and upkeep, but nothing quite compares with Candy Dance for raising money.
And that’s a good thing. While town taxpayers provide some revenue, the real tax is on their patience for a couple of weekends a year.
As for the last 97 years, Nevada’s oldest town continues its tradition of supporting itself without unduly burdening the taxpayers.