UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | September 26, 2022

Sand Hollow Mayhem ends summer nights

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Volleyball, a water blob, water slides and food were just a few of the attractions at Sand Hollow State Park Saturday.

The annual Sand Hollow Mayhem event gave students a chance to hang out on a beach all day and have a dance party at night with live bands and disc jockeys.

The Heart of Dixie, owned by Jared Keddington, set up Sand Hollow Mayhem this year.

“I see dances that happen all over Utah,” Keddington said. “They’re all the same thing. This is a really unique opportunity in a really unique venue and a cool way to have a good time by playing in the sand, the sun and the water.”

Students had a myriad of reasons to be at the event.

“I’m a really sociable person, and I (knew) there (were) going to be tons of people there,” said Morgan Miller, a junior dental hygiene major from Salina.

Students said the advertising was better this year.

“We got so many fliers for it,” said Alexis Finch, a freshman psychology major from Nephi. “It sounded so cool. We looked online and found out about it.”

Students were able to sit on the beach and have a place to socialize with friends and meet new people.

“I really wanted something to do for the end of summer,” said Kathryn Sassman, a sophomore graphic design major from Ivins. “What’s better than the lake?”

Saturday was the fourth time the Sand Hollow Mayhem was held, but only the second time the Heart of Dixie hosted it. 

According to the official website, www.sandhollowmayhem.com/site/index, this weekend had many more activities, food, people, sponsors and prizes.

“The sand volleyball games get really fun,” Miller said. “The skim boarding contests are always fun.”

Sassman and Miller said their favorite activity was the water blob.

The water blob is a blown up vinyl air mattress. One person sits on an end while another person climbs up onto a platform to jump on the other end. It launches the other person in the air and into the water.

“I really want to go on the water blob,” Miller said. “That’s all I really want to do.”

A beach dance party started at 8 p.m. until midnight. Fireworks also went off at 10 p.m.

“We do fireworks at night and have a bonfire down here,” Keddington said. “We do paddle boards and kayaks also.”

The Heart of Dixie is hosting an upcoming college-aged Monster Mash dance Halloween night. Keddington is also planning a foam dance and a paint dance, which were held in the past, and those will be in January and February.

For updated information, find the Heart of Dixie on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theheartofdixie or on the official website at www.myheartofdixie.com.