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Hitting the beach in Genoa

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Genoa Main Street is declaring winter over Friday when the annual Beach Party rolls into town. The public is invited to join in the summer fun with music, food and a real sand beach.

“Come dressed in your best beach attire, parrots and all, and join the folks at Prairie State Winery for a Beach Party Wine Down,” Mim Evans, Genoa Main Street executive director, said in a news release. “There will be slushie machines creating delicious concoctions, decorations galore and lots of fun and games. The Disorderlies will be playing beach and Buffett music.” 

Saturday will see more merchant specials and giveaways up and down Main Street. Specialty Gifts will offer tropical drinks and messages in a bottle. The Genoa Public Library will hold its semiannual book sale Friday evening and Saturday.

The biggest party will be at Cattywampus/MCR Framing, which is going out of business.

“We’ve decided to go out with a bang,” owner Mike Groark said in a news release. “This will be the last hurrah for our shop in Genoa. We will have the area’s largest indoor sand beach, a summer cookout and lots of games and prizes. Visitors will go home with some great deals, since everything must go.”

Cattywampus also will be the site of a bake sale and other activities benefiting the Genoa Public Library and Genoa Main Street. For more information, call 815 784-6961, email or visit

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