April 28 – 30, 2023 Genoa, Nevada
GENOA, Nev. – For one weekend each April, Genoa, Nevada honors its place in the history of the state and the west by presenting the Genoa Western Heritage Days Celebration. This year’s event will be April 28-30, 2023. The three-day festival is brought to you by Friends of Genoa and sponsored by 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs & Resort, Daniel’s Restaurant, Ranch One, Heritage Bank, Carson Tahoe Health System, Carson Valley Medical Center, Carson Valley Visitors Authority, Gillmor Coons Real Estate, Dorothy Gardner, Betsy Cooksey and many individual Heritage Sponsors.
The Friday April, 28 concert starts the event at 7:30 p.m. with a Town Hall performance by Ryan Fritz and Kristyn Harris. Tickets are $45.
Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., attendees can amble throughout Genoa and enjoy Western Music, Cowboy Poetry, Chautauqua actors portraying historic characters, children’s activities, Ag in the Classroom with the Douglas County Farm Bureau, Native American demonstrations, a Civil War Camp and the Truckee Meadows Pioneers for heritage living, crafts and demonstrations. All events, activities and performances are free and family friendly.
Saturday daytime performances include:
– Music by Sierra Sweethearts, Jon & Betsy Elliott, Jakota Wass Band, Krista Jenkins, Ten Dollar Pony, Those Windburn Brothers, Lost Reverends of the High Sierra and Carson Chandler.
– Cowboy poetry by Tony Argento.
– Chautauqua actors: Mark Twain performed by McAvoy Lane, Eilley Bowers portrayed by Kim Harris and Snowshoe Thompson performed by Steve Hale. These afternoon presentations are in the Town Hall.
Also on Saturday, there will be an Artist Gallery in the Mason’s Hall, Artists, Vendors and Makers in the Trimmer Lot across from the Town Hall and art and collectibles at the Genoa Gallery and Home in the Country Inn building and lawn area.
Food and drinks are available throughout town for purchase. Many local restaurants have specials and will be the outdoor performance venues.
Returning this year is the Progressive Dinner. If you’d like to sample the fares of 5 eating establishments, the dinner will be from 4:00 – 6:30pm. You’ll have a passport and a colored wristband and will rotate in groups in a timed fashion between Sierra Chef, The Pink House, the Country Store, Genoa Station Bar & Grill and the Hungry Hearts Food Truck. You’ll get a Nosh & Libation at each stop. Tickets are $40 per person.
Saturday, April 29, at 7:30pm a Town Hall concert will feature cowboy poet Floyd Beard and the western band The Cowboy Way. Tickets are $45.
Sunday, April 30, at 9 am is Cowboy Church in the Town Hall, featuring Doug Figgs of The Cowboy Way with Pastor Patrick Jolly.
Tickets for the Concerts, the Progressive Dinner and a Heritage Sponsorship can be obtained on EventBrite.com, by going to www.genoanevada.org and downloading a mail-in ticket form or by calling – 775-782-8696 – or going to the Genoa Town Office at 2289 Main St., Genoa. For more information, visit Genoa Western Heritage on Facebook.
About Genoa Western Heritage Days: While the event’s name has changed over the years, the passionate volunteers behind this annual spring celebration have not. Genoa Western Heritage Days (GWHD) showcases our area’s rich western heritage from Native Americans to the early settlers who built up the town as we know it today. Historic Genoa, Nevada, is nestled at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Range, just 25 minutes east of beautiful Lake Tahoe, and one hour south of Reno. It is home to Mormon Station State Historic Park which commemorates the settlement of Nevada in 1851, when the first permanent trading post was established by a group of Mormon traders from Salt Lake City. Genoa’s natural beauty and historic charm still beckons travelers and local wildlife. It is not unusual to spot mule deer as they come down from the forested area on the west side of Genoa and cross local roads to graze on vegetation or fields along the Carson River Valley to the east of Genoa.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dan Aynesworth 714-474-1362 FriendsOfGenoaNV@gmail.com