Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Northern Nevada Annual Candy Dance

You may not know about Genoa Nevada so I thought today might be a good day to share some of Northern Nevada's history. South of Carson City near highway 395, Genoa is the oldest trading post community in the State of Nevada. In 1850 a trading post was built in what is now Genoa and the first settlement. One of the many events held in Genoa is their annual event called the Candy Dance. Originally the Candy Dance was held to generate funds to purchase street lights. At the event, the folks in town made homemade candy to draw the surrounding community in hopes they would participate in the fund raising activities. Well truth be told, the evening of the Candy Dance consisted of a dance and a dinner which I am sure drew many participants.

As the story goes, the funds for the lights were raised, but now how to pay the annual light costs. Hence the Candy Dance has a long history of 91 years and still going strong. Over 300 vendors participate in the event as well as the towns people, yes, still make homemade candy.

The dates for this years event are September 24-25, 2011 with the hours of 9 am to 5 pm and the Candy Dinner Dance on Saturday night from 5 pm to 10 pm. The tickets for the dance are going quick for only $27.50 per person. Don't miss out and call the Town Office at 775-782-8696 for your tickets today.

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