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2017 Reno Tahoe Events and Festivals Brochure

2017 Reno Tahoe Events and Festivals

Genoa Candy Dance

Genoa Nevada
September 24, 2011 -September 25, 2011

The Town of Genoa, Nevada, will present the 91st Annual Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2011, in Genoa, Nevada. The Faire hours are 9am to 5pm daily. The Faire will feature over 350 arts and craft exhibitors and food vendors, plus 4000 pounds of Genoa’s famous homemade candy.  Up to 30,000 attend Candy Dance.  Admission to the Faire is free; parking in designated parking lots is $5 per vehicle.

The first Candy Dance was organized in 1919 by Genoa resident, Lillian Virgin Finnegan, to raise money to purchase street lights for the town. The dance was held at the Raycraft Hotel, and Lillian and other Genoa women made candy to serve at the dance. In the years that followed, the annual Candy Dance continued as a way to raise money to pay the town’s electric bill for the street lights, and was considered the “Big Event of the Season” by people in the Carson Valley, Reno and surrounding communities. The Arts and Crafts Faire was added in the 1970s and, later, became the two-day event that continues today. The funds raised by the Town of Genoa during the Candy Dance weekend provide a substantial portion of the town’s annual budget. 

For more information about the 91st Annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire, contact the Genoa Town Offices at 775-782-8696.

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Genoa Nevada

Genoa, NV 89411


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