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Tails wag at Fairmont Park’s Yappy Hour

Aug 31, 2017 17h26 ● By Jana Klopsch

Owners and their dogs enjoy a night together. (Natalie Mollinet\City Journals).

By Natalie Mollinet | [email protected]

Yappy Hour at Fairmont Park wasn’t exactly the “happy hour” a human might think about. But for dogs in attendance, being able to roam free, smell the trees and meet other dogs was a tail waggin’ good time.  

Admission was free for two-legged and four-legged participants, and included music and food available for purchase from food trucks. This marked the fourth annual “Yappy Hour” this summer, and Gallivan Center Events was more than excited to put the event in Sugar House. 

“Fairmont Park has grown a lot, especially since the Sugar House area is growing,” Tara Olson, the events manager for Salt Lake City said. “We just opened a new dog park near the east side of Fairmont Park and we want to let people know it’s open and want them to get involved.” 

The city held the same event earlier this year at Liberty Park that gathered an estimated 1,700 human and canine attendees. Booths from Petsmart and Rescue Rovers Dog Adoptions were on hand. Prize drawings and a fenced-off area where dogs could freely roam provided entertainment. 

“I went last month and this month and loved it both times,” BreAnna Torres, one of the attendees, said. “There is a really good variety of booths, dogs and people. It is great to learn about available services and nab some discounts.” 

If someone didn’t have a furry friend to bring along, they could visit the Rescue Rovers Dog Adoptions where people could interact with dogs in need of homes. 

The city is hoping to continue promoting these kinds of events, to help those in the community be more aware of the off-leash dog parks in the area. Tanner Park, Memory Grove, Wasatch Hollow Park and Herman Franks Park are a few of the many parks considered off leash. 

“We have a bunch of off leash events that we’re trying to do around the city,” Olson said. “We want to promote a different kind of playground for dogs where people can come after work and hang out with their dogs and just play and be with their friends and family.” 

Yappy Hour has one more event coming up Sept. 13 at Liberty Park. Visit for more info.