103rd Annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire

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Candy Dance Candy

Celebrating 103 years!

The Genoa “Candy Dance” originated in 1919 as an effort to raise money to purchase street lights for the small, but enterprising community of Genoa, Nevada’s first settlement. Lillian Virgin Finnegan, daughter of then prominent Judge Daniel Webster Virgin, suggested the idea of a dance and making candy to pass around during the dance as an incentive for a good “turn-out” of couples. The Genoa community did raise the needed funds for streetlights, but realized the monthly electric bill had to be paid. The candy makers were then called upon each year to help promote the “Candy Dance” and pay a year’s worth of electricity for the streetlights throughout the town. This annual event became the “Big Event of the Season.” Couples came from Reno, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville and surrounding areas to join in the evening’s fun. The Arts & Crafts Faire was added in the 1970s, and later became a two-day event. The first Faire was held on the front lawn of a private residence in Sierra Shadows on Genoa Lane with twelve vendors. A few years later the popular Faire was moved to the Mormon Station Historic State Monument grounds. Expanding proved necessary and now Faire exhibitors are also found along a major portion of the downtown area. With all the people visiting the Faire these days, the streets in and out of Genoa are temporarily closed during the day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dinner-Dance: Tickets and Information

Saturday, September 24th in the Genoa Town Park from 4:30 to 10:00 p.m. with dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m.  TABLE SPACE IS LIMITED! DINNER TICKETS SELL OUT FAST! Dinner is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The dance and No-Host bar will start at 4:30 p.m.  Live music at the Dinner-Dance!

Tickets may be purchased at the Genoa Town Offices by phone 775-782-8696, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner and Dance Only tickets will also be available at the at the entrance, if room allows.




Town of Genoa

(775) 782-8696 2287 Main St, Genoa, NV 89411

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Town of Genoa

Corner of Nixon & Main Street

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