FARMINGTON -- Amid light carousel music and the clacking sound of the giant wooden roller coaster, the Davis County Commission formally announced Tuesday that Lagoon would be receiving their highest honor: The Heart of Davis Award.
The announcement took place near the Lagoon midway, with the Freed family (who own the park), officials from the county, the Boys & Girls Club of Weber-Davis and the Davis Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau, all present.
Julie Freed, daughter of Dave Freed, referred to being bestowed the recognition as an honor.
The Heart of Davis Award, instituted by the commission in 2003, is given annually to an individual or group that has made a significant impact to the betterment of the county. The award is to be officially presented to Lagoon owners at the 10th Annual Davis County Gala to be held Sept. 5 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.
Proceeds from this year's gala will be used to build a Boys & Girls Club location in Davis County.
This is the first year the commission has selected a business for the award, Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.
"In Lagoon's 127 years of amusement service, they have employed, mentored and launched hundreds of thousands of young people into the workforce, providing training, a paycheck and an education in hard work," Petroff said.
Lagoon, in addition to employing 140 year-round staffers, hires about 2,400 seasonal workers each spring, many of them youth, officials said.
"The success of Lagoon can largely be credited to our wonderful, loyal employees, the majority of which are Davis County residents," said Terry Capener, Lagoon general manager.
"We are grateful to be recognized as a family-owned business that truly cares about its place in the community," he said.
For more information about the gala, call 801-451-3231.