Genoa Cowboy Poetry Festival April 30 – May 3 2015
Genoa NV is notable for countless historical reasons, such as housing Nevada’s first settlement, the Mormon station, and as the home of the great Snowshoe Thompson. It is also widely known for its unique cultural events. Each year, Genoa hosts the now famous Candy Dance Festival each fall. In the summer, music lovers assemble to watch Pops in the Park during the 4th of July weekend. And best of all, the spring heralds the arrival of the Genoa Cowboy Festival, an authentic cowboy tradition.
The Genoa Cowboy Festival is a wonderful blend of entertainment, heritage, and western culture. Nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevadas in the
beautiful Carson Valley, historic Genoa is the site of the first ranch in Nevada, and is still home to several working cattle ranches literally steps from the center of town. Since the founding of the settlement in the 1800’s, cowboys have shared their work, words and music here. Born from this unique blend of Old West history and dedication to the arts, Cowboy Music and Cowboy Poetry continue to play a starring role in the community to this day.
Genoa Cowboy Festival 2015
The Genoa Cowboy Festival was founded in 2010, thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Town of Genoa and a host of volunteers and supporters. Thousands of folks have made their way to the shows, dinners, galleries and workshops annually, and return year after year to the unique event.
The Cowboy Festival also gives visitors the opportunity to further explore the Carson Valley. In fact, many Northern Nevada residents move here after coming to the area for a event or vacation. If you are one of those who like to explore the local culture and marketplace while you’re in town, here are a few locations worth checking out.
Dave & Walley’s Hot Springs – Located just a few miles of south Genoa,destination features natural hot springs, vacation rental property, fine dining, and tremendous views.
Genoa Lake Golf Course – Located just North of Genoa, Genoa Lakes has championship golf courses: the “Lakes Course” and the “Ranch Course.” Visitors may choose to play one or both courses. The Lakes Course with its many lakes and incredible wildlife is always a fun and challenging course for avid golfers, and the Ranch Course with its links style layout and magnificent views of the Carson Valley, shouldn’t be missed. If you don’t have time to play, enjoy a scenic drive through one of the finest real estate areas in the Carson Valley.
Minden Airport / Glider Rides –
Rides – The Minden Airport is located directly east on the opposite side of the valley. Our local airport is home to some of the world’s finest glider planes and glider experts. Enjoy lunch or a cocktail at one of the two airport restaurants. Taildraggers is a great local diner which provides a front row seat from which to watch the planes taking off and landing. And just before the airport in the business park, Flight Diner will give you more modern dining experience. Of course, if you are more of a thrill seeker, glider rides are available to the public, and will give you the perfect vantage point to see the valley in a whole new way.
Dangberg Ranch – Come visit one of the historic first settlements in the Carson. Located off HWY 88, just past the Minden Swim Center, The Dangberg Historical Ranch gives you a glimpse into the daily workings of a western cattle ranch.
Downtown Gardnerville – Gardnerville has done a great job at keeping its downtown district in pristine condition. Antique shops, old hotels, the newly renovated Sharkey’s casino, and the JT Basque Restaurant are all valley institutions, and must sees for visitors.
The Carson Valley Museum and Historical Assoc. – In the heart Gardnerville in the old Carson Valley High School, the Carson Valley Museum preserves the wild west history of the area. First serving as a high school, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and now features Basque and Native American exhibits, as well as an exhibit on Nevada’s free-roaming wild mustangs. A highlight of the museum is the “Main Street” exhibit, which depicts Gardnerville as it was from 1870-1950, with its mercantile, dry goods and drug stores, doctor’s office, barbershop, These are just a few of the great destinations to look for while you explore around the Valley. Of course, if you would like to see some of our great residential areas, I would love to show you around, and help you discover a home that will fit your lifestyle
I hope you enjoy your weekend in the Carson Valley!