One day each summer Utah’s queer community floods Lagoon theme park with red. Members of the LGBT community and their supporters will take over the park for the QSaltLake Day at Lagoon on Sunday, Aug. 10.
The event attracts hundreds of people each year, possibly as many as 2,000. Supporters are encouraged to wear red shirts and stop by the QSaltLake pavilion — the Pioneer Village Pavilion— for a group photo at 4 p.m. and to mingle with other queers and allies. The pavilion is open the entire day and is a popular place to have lunch, take a break, and to enjoy singing karaoke, hosted by sponsor Kevan Floyd, owner of Providing Entertainment. The event is also sponsored by Club Try-Angles, which will open at 6 p.m. that day so employees can join in the festivities.
Also at the pavilion, you can enter to win a 50″ HDTV and Melissa Etheridge tickets. Her concert is at Kingsbury Hall on August 27.
QSaltLake Lagoon Day is open to all participants and there will also be many people who are not aware of the day, but the overall atmosphere is very open and accepting.
“I couldn’t believe it. I saw two cute young guys eating cotton candy, wearing matching red T-shirts and holding hands walking through the park. It was a life-changer for me and I’ll never forget how happy they looked,” said Tyler Bennett after last year’s event.
Lagoon is Utah’s largest amusement park with nine large roller coasters, 38 carnival games and two original shows. From the fast-paced ride, Wicked, to the wet and wild Rattle Snake Rapids, there’s something for everyone at Lagoon. The park was founded in 1886 and is located in Farmington.
Park admission discount coupons are available at Cahoots (878 E. 900 South), Club Try-Angles (251 W. 900 South), Off Trax Cafe (259 W. 900 South), Our Store (380 S. 300 East) and JAM (751 N. 300 West).