Repeats daily until Sun Sep 26, 2021.
September 25, 2021 – 9:00 a.m.
September 26, 2021 – 9:00 a.m.
An explosion of sweet treats, art and early fall color arrives in Douglas County this weekend with the 102nd Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Fair.
A tradition dating back to 1919, the Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire features over 300 juryed art and craft stalls, famous Genoa sweets, renowned dinner and dance, festival food vendors, children’s games and family entertainment that annually draw thousands of people to the city, also known to be Nevada’s first settlement.
Scheduled for the last full weekend in September, the event takes place this Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26, starting at 9 a.m. on both days. A free shuttle is available.
With the large number of visitors attending the Fair these days, the three main streets entering and exiting Genoa are temporarily closed on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Shuttles transport people from the main car parks on Genoa Lane, Foothill Road and the limited parking lot at Genoa Cemetery in the city center.
The Candy Dance itself takes place on Saturday evening, starting with a bar without a host at 4.30 p.m. followed by the dinner buffet served from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music and dancing begins during dinner and ends at 10 p.m. Tickets start selling in early September.
The “Candy Dance” of Genoa was born in 1919 with the aim of raising funds to purchase street lights for the small but enterprising community of Genoa, Nevada’s first settlement, according to the fair’s official Facebook page.
Lillian Virgin Finnegan, daughter of eminent judge Daniel Webster Virgin, suggested the idea of dancing and making candy to be passed around during the dance as an incentive for good “participation” from couples.
The community of Genoa raised the necessary funds for street lighting, but realized that the monthly electricity bill had to be paid. The candy makers were then called in every year to help promote the “Candy Dance” and pay the equivalent of a year of electricity for streetlights across town. This annual event has become the “Big Event of the Season”.
Couples came from Reno, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville and surrounding areas to join in the evening.
The Arts & Crafts Fair was added in 1974, and later it became a two-day event. The first Candy Dance Faire was held on the Side Lawn of historic Kinsey House with just twelve vendors in attendance (property located just east of Mormon Station State Park on Genoa Lane). Expansion was necessary and the popular fair was moved to the grounds of the Mormon Station State Historic Landmark. Today, Faire exhibitors are also found along the streets and spaces covering much of the city center.
Tickets and information for dinner and dancing
The Candy Dance, the dance itself, takes place on Saturday September 25 in the City Park of Genoa from 4.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a dinner service from 5.30 p.m. Table space is limited. Tickets for dinner sell out quickly. The Dance Bar and No-Host will begin at 4:30 pm Live music at the Dinner Dance featuring Miranda Rae Love.
Tickets can be purchased at the offices of the city of Genoa, online here, or by phone at 775-782-8696, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for dinner and dancing will also be available at the entrance, space permitting. All tickets are non-refundable.
Parking, street closures, shuttle information and more
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is getting ready for the next Candy Dance which will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Due to the high volume of traffic in the city of Genoa and its surroundings, DCSO advises planning in advance and using extra precautions when traveling.
Additional deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be assigned to multiple enforcement levels over the weekend of the event; however, safety is everyone’s responsibility. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada Highway Patrol will both be in attendance.
On Saturday September 25 all roads leading to Genoa will be closed to traffic from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday September 26 the roads will be closed from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Shuttles will be available for public use in all designated parking lots. Masks are mandatory in the shuttles. There is no charge for taking the shuttles; donations are accepted.
Vendors will have access to a shuttle to their locations on Friday, September 24.
Resident access pass
The City would like to advise all residents’ pass recipients that there is no street parking during the weekend of the event. County emergency agencies need clear access to the city when needed. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will patrol the city’s lanes and vehicles will be removed from congested areas. This step has enabled a safe event in the past and DSCO will apply it again this year.
Resident Access Pass cards are intended for residents who live in the traffic control area only. To ensure public safety, these passes are not intended to provide residents or guests with a detour through the City.
Important Notice by East Fork Fire Protection District
The community area of Genoa presents an extreme fire danger this year. Secondary city roads should be cleared for fire or emergency equipment. Vehicles found parked interfering with fire or emergency equipment on City secondary roads will be removed at the owner’s expense. The East Fork Fire Protection District and Genoa Volunteer Fire Department are asking the people of Genoa to help keep our roads clear and vehicles away from back roads.
Go here and here for more information on Candy Dance.