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Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire packs ‘em in

The Genoa Candy Dance: Crafters and crowds inside the Mormon Station State Historic Park stockade. Photo by Joyce Hollister. Even though organizers of the annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire expected fewer people this year, the 88-year-old only-in-Nevada celebration was jammed, and some say it was larger than in 2007.

The sleepy little town nestled at the base of the eastern Carson Range normally is so quiet that elderly dogs lie in the street without fear of being run over, and deer wander through gardens looking for a juicy flower to eat.

But traffic jammed up and down Genoa Lane, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office closed the right lane of U.S. 395 to slow cars down as they turned onto the main access road to Genoa. Airport mini buses and an open-air trolley pulled by a tractor circled around from the town center to outlying parking lots all day both Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28.

Food at the Candy dance: Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire offered different kinds of food booths. Photo by Joyce Hollister. Thousands of folks from Northern Nevada and California joined the crowds braving the last of summer's heat to buy almost any handmade item you can think of: art, photos, knick-knacks, decorated mirrors, pottery, clothing, jewelry, rugs, metal and metal sculpture, and soaps and scents. You could hear music played on a Native American flute, then buy one to play yourself.

One popular booth sold hats for dogs

  • Posted by Joyce Hollister on September 30th, 2008