Walter G. Hall heads one of the largest and most energetic food service operations in Utah and, in just one summer, will sell more than 256,500 ice cream cones, 120,000 hamburgers, 800,000 beverages and 100,000 pounds of french fries.
Hall, 46, of Sandy, is the foods director at Lagoon amusement park in Farmington and oversees nearly 200 employees in the park's foods department. During the summer, more than 350 different youths will have held down a foods job for some period of time at Lagoon.A native of North Carolina, Hall came to Utah in 1965 and started part time with Lagoon in 1968. He became a full-time employee in 1973 and has managed practically every department in the amusement park.
"Lagoon will be open about 130 days this year. We open about the second week in April and close in late October, but we are only open weekends before Memorial day and after Labor Day. This long Labor Day Weekend will be one of our busiest times of the year, especially if the weather is good."
Hall oversees a full service sit-down restaurant, a series of fast food stores and a variety of vendor stands at Lagoon. These facilities sell several dozen different food items, from sandwiches, hot dogs, burritos and funnel cakes to pizzas, soft and hard ice cream, corn on the cob and chicken dinners.
Someday, he said, he hopes to be able to provide park patrons with box lunches for picnics and all-you-can-eat dinners for large organizations and companies.
Hall said the foods department provides more than 40 management level jobs for high school and college-age youths. "Ten of my young supervisors manage 10 to 50 employees, and my 35 stand managers oversee three to 10 employees each."