Candy, crafts and Outdoor Adventure this weekend in the Carson Valley
The tradition returns this weekend in Nevada oldest homestead. Genoa NV will be the place to be this weekend on the Eastern Sierra. Come in for the great candy, world class craft marketplace and the extraordinary outdoor community of the Carson Valley
This event, which boasts over 300 arts and crafts, activities, food vendors and handmade local candy draws around 30,000 people to the town nestled at the base of the Sierra in western Carson Valley.In order to accommodate the throng of shoppers, all roads leading to Genoa will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday.The craft fair is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is the main fundraiser for the historic town. It wouldn’t be Candy Dance if there wasn’t homemade candy available. Volunteers made nearly a ton and a half of several varieties of candy based on recipes handed down over the course of decades.
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. 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.”
Visitors are urged to save their candy purchase for last or bring a cooler of some sort to keep it from melting. Entrances into the town are through Genoa Lane, Foothill Road and Jacks Valley Road with parking and shuttles at each entrance. Parking in the lots is $10 a vehicle. Masks are required on shuttles.
Saturday, September 25th 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 featuring Miranda Rae Love.
Tickets may be purchased at the Genoa Town Offices, online, or 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.
ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
Coming in for the weekend and wondering what else the Carson valley has to offer. Check out the Carson Valley Trail system for a great mountain bike, horseback ride or hike. Enjoy world class Golf with some of the Divine Nine Golf Courses in the valley. And of course enjoy the local food and beer scene with stops a Locals favorites like Minden Meat and Deli or the newest bike hangout Big daddy’s which now has a full beer line up for cyclists.