Slumping Economy Takes Toll on Genoa's Candy Dance

GENOA, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of Genoa's annual Candy Dance say
they are cutting back on the amount of confections being prepared
for this year's event because of the slowing economy.

"We're making about 4,000 pounds of candy this year instead of 4,500," said Genoa resident Marian Vassar, who has been organizing
the town's candy-making sessions since 2000.

"Because of high gas prices, we suspect not as many people from great distances will come to the event."

Candy Dance, held the last weekend in September, is Genoa's main revenue source. The two-day fair was established in 1919 as a way
to pay for the town's electric street lights.

Residents started making candy to sell at the dance from which the festival derives its name.

Vassar said the sale of candy generates about $40,000 for the town each year.

"Expenses are higher this year," she said. "Some products, like chocolate, have gone up."

This year's event is Sept. 27-28.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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