From Kiddie Rides to Towering Spectaculars...
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The 2015 Big Fresno Fair Carnival is the number-one stop for family fun this October! With almost 50 different rides at The Big Fresno Fair, Butler Amusements provides something for each family member to enjoy on the Midway. Also, don't forget to test your skills at one of the many games in the Carnival.

Main Carnival Hours:
Monday - Friday, 3:00 p.m. - Close
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - Close

Kiddie Carnival Hours:
Monday - Friday, Noon - Close
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - Close

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Below is a complete list of the different rides that were at the 2014 Big Fresno Fair. Butler Amusements featured 9 spectaulars, 19 majors and 20 kiddie rides. Check back in August 2015 for details on what rides will be featured in 2015 at The Big Fresno Fair.

Photo of Ride Ride Name & Details # of Coupons Height to Ride Alone Height to Ride W/ Adult

White Water Log Flume

The world-class White Water ride is Butler Amusements’ newest acquisition. Unlike any other ride on our midway, the new White Water will bring a new dimension of thrills to your carnival goers. Logs hold two passengers each and patrons make their way up two different hills- Once the log reaches the top, it descends rapidly splashing at the bottom of the water slide. -The White Water is an exciting spectacular addition to the Butler midway.

5 42" N/A

Giant Scooters

A new innovation on a traditional ride, our Scooters are state-of-the-art.Riders, seated in their "cars" begin a trip over a rectangular floor, bumping and dodging other drivers in their way! Coupled with the thrill of the ride is a light show, TV videos visible around the center of the platform, music and more special effects at night! The scooters are a custom-built attraction - the first in the United States, available only through Butler Amusements. 

4 54" 48"

Music Express:

This sleigh ride of grandiose proportions is a new acquisition of Butler Amusements. This four trailer ride welcomes riders for an exciting spin, travelling forward, and around then traveling backwards while negotiating an undulating path to add to the excitement. Its unusual size, unforgettable scenery, lights, music and ride make being whisked around and around fun and exciting! 

 5  48"  42"

Sky Diver:

Riders can see the lights of the 72 acre fairgrounds from this towering 70-foot tall pillar of excitement. The Skydiver offers spectacular views of the Midway and beyond with hundreds of bright lights and 16 different passenger compartments that spin as the ride rotates, offering riders a thrilling experience. 

 4  52"  52"


Century Wheel:

Towering 67 feet, the Century Wheel is sure to offer spectacular views of the midway.  The Century Wheel was recently fitted with high efficiency LED lights. Hundreds of bright beautiful patterns fill the sky, all while using less energy!


 5  N/A


Super Shot Drop Tower:

The world-class Super Shot Drop Tower is one of Butler Amusements’ most popular rides. Unlike any other ride on our Midway, the Super Shot will bring a new dimension of thrills to your carnival goers. Twelve passengers are loaded into each circular passenger station. Over the shoulder harnesses secure patrons while they are gently lifted up the 90 foot tower. Once the passenger station reaches the top, it is released in an accelerated freefall and riders experience G-Forces in excess of 3 1/2 times normal. Riders are then cushioned by a magnetic braking system stopping the station before it reaches the base of the tower. The Super Shot is an exciting and spectacular addition to the Butler Midway.

5 48" 48"

Pole Position Coaster:

The Giant Pole Position Spinning Roller Coaster is Fabbri Groups first spinning coaster delivered to North America. This Italian made, world-class coaster is composed of three levels, with the very top measuring 55 feet high. Each of the five coaster cars are painted just like racing cars and holds four passengers. This is not an ordinary coaster. The ride will also have extra sound effects to dramatize when the car goes around a corner or gains in elevation. Riders hold on tight while the car gently climbs to the  very top, after a moment of anticipation riders experience a free fall while the car itself actually spins  while maneuvering along the track. A superior coaster experience!



5 52" 52"

Giant Wheel:

A towering tradition of Butler Amusements, the majestic Giant Wheel dominates the Midway day and night, offering patrons a sweeping view from a height of nearly 100 feet! Passengers are seated in separate gondolas and then whisked smoothly over the top and down again, reminiscent of the ferris wheel. The Giant Wheel is a pleasant ride for the entire family. The Giant Wheel is more of a showcase than ever! Recently equipped with a brand new LED lighting package, the wheel uses less energy and produces a magnificent light show!

5 N/A" 48"


A midway favorite, the Fireball, from Holland, lifts riders high into the air, 24 at a time. As the main boom swings back and forth, the base of six groups of seats begin to spin, giving the passengers a feeling of weightlessness while they soar through the air with their feet swinging free! This ride creates a thrilling, unforgettable experience for its riders and provides a spectacular show.

5 54" N/A

Wave Swinger:

The German Wave Swinger is a work of art, combining the traditional swing ride with lavish, hand painted scenery.  The Wave Swinger lifts riders slowly from the platform and then proceeds to take them on a leisurely ride, tilting one way and another to add to the excitement. Its unusual size, unforgettable scenery, lights, music and ride make the Wave Swinger a Butler Amusements classic.

5 44" 44"

The Flying Bobs:

The Flying Bobs has 18 seats each capable of carrying 2 adults. A fun and exciting ride which revolves around in a 360 degree circle and goes up and down hills.



5 48" 48"


Thrill-seekers have touted this ride as one of the Midway’s “craziest!” On the Footloose the ride’s two gigantic arms loop counter-clockwise to each other, turning completely upside down. Riders are secured by over the shoulder harnesses while their legs dangle free in the open air. This ride is sure to thrill even the bravest of riders



5 54" 54"

The Zipper:

The Zipper has been one of the Midway’s most recognizable attractions for years, providing thrills to riders from teens to adults.  There’s more spinning going on with the Zipper than an out of control top. While the ‘cages’ holding two passengers each rise and descend on a tower boom, each spins independently and the entire boom turns, too.  Three times the action, backed by spectacular lighting bringing them back for more. 



5 55" 55"

The Grand Carousel:

For decades, audiences have been awed by the beautifully handcrafted majesty of the carousel. To witness The Grand Carousel is to see this piece of Americana in all its glory. This 38 foot Carousel features 36 jumping horses, and 2 chariots.  Parents and children create memories while they enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful ride together!

4 42" 36"

Ring Of Fire:

Love of the Midway is a burnin’ thing, and in this case, it makes a fiery ring. On the Ring of Fire passengers are firmly secured in their seats within a train of cars and are taken on a journey that circumnavigates the inside of a ‘ring of fire’.  The train pauses only once at the top before cascading down the track backwards!  The Ring of Fire is a spectacular ride just for teens and adults.

5 54" 54"

The Viper:

The Viper ride is one of the recent spectacular rides that Butler Amusements will be bringing to the midway this year. A colossal ride with a brilliant green snake theme will take riders on a whirlwind journey. The large arm across the entire top of the ride tilts and spins. At each end of the giant arm are two clusters holding two part seating which spin independently as well. The open air design allows riders to experience spectacular twirling views . The Viper seats 24 passengers and uses state of the art shoulder bars.

4 44" 44"

Eagle 16:

As staple of the American Midway, this 16-seat ferris wheel has eight front facing cars holding two riders in each.  It offers both a gentle ride around the 360-degree vertical circle and a thrilling view, as riders are lifted high above the ground and able to see for miles.

4 48" 36"

Mardi Gras: 

Celebrate one of America’s brightest and boldest holidays without having to travel far. The Mardi Gras is a self-contained celebration of the famed New Orleans holiday. Two stories of exciting mirror mazes, moving escalators, music and lights combine for thrills, inside and out – day or night!  

 42" 36" 


Zig and zag your way to an amazing time on the Scrambler. Families delight as they spin in two directions at the same time. The Scrambler has 12 seats each capable of holding three people. The main frame spins as each arm of seats spin independently, creating a feeling of funky flight. The Scrambler also features Deluxe Lighting and programmed incandescent “Ultra Lights.”

4 48" 36"

Crazy Train:

Buckle your seatbelts; this is going to be one crazy train ride! Passengers board the Crazy Train, two to a seat, and after the doors close, the train begins to move down the track. But this is no ordinary train ride as suddenly, the entire track starts to revolve! The train continues on, upside down and then just as it recovers, the track continues revolving. As exciting to watch as it is to ride, the Crazy Train guarantees excitement.

5 54" 54"


The Fair has been a playground for kids of all ages for many years. And no playground would ever be complete without a slide! Kids of any age enjoy the thrill of this giant slide as they sail down the undulating path.  Passengers climb a stairway, higher and higher to the top of the slide and then laugh and squeal with delight as they sail to the bottom.

4 42" 42"


Round and round they go and where they stop, nobody knows! An old favorite that has thrilled and excited patrons for generations, the Tilt-A-Whirl is a swirling experience for teens and adults. Separate cars rotate individually as the entire ride revolves up, down and around!

4 48" 36"

Balloon Samba from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch:

The Samba is another new acquisition for the 2009 Butler season. Manufactured in Italy, this kids ride features hot air balloon carriages and is truly a marvel to look at. The bright lights make it especially magnificent to look at during the evening. The Balloon Samba seats 32 children in 6 air balloons. Fluffy white cloud cut-outs and bright, smiling suns grace the safety barrier and give kids the illusion of floating up in the sky.

3 42" 36"

Frog Hopper:

The new Frog Hopper is a first of its kind, fully interactive family ride that is sure to be a hit amongst kids of all ages. Brand new to Butler Amusements in 2011 the Frog Hopper combines stadium style seating with an adorable frog theme utilizing a unique, patent pending interactive bouncing motion.

3 36" 36"

Looney Tooter Train:

All aboard! This fun-filled train trip for the whole family takes place in brightly colored cartoon-like cars. Passengers board the train at the station and with merry music, and bright scenery before the journey begins around a circular track. Fun for everyone is in store on the Looney Tooter!

3 42" 36"

Spin Out:

The Spin Out is one of the most exciting rides on the midway. Made in England it stands 45 feet high and has 6 - 4 passenger seats. Passengers sit in one of four seats on the outside edge of the ride. As the Spin Out begins to rise six sets of seats begin to spin. Up, down and around passengers thrill to the sight and feel of Spin Out. There are only 8 spinouts on traveling carnivals in the United States.


5 52" 52"

Kite Flyer:

The Kite Flyer is an unusual amusement ride where, instead of sitting, passengers lie horizantally within the frame of colorful gliders. After riders are buckled in, the ride begins to turn and then rises in the air for a thrilling, soaring sensation before gently gliding back to "Earth".

4 42" 42"

Rock N Tug:

Those who normally go with the flow are encouraged to rock the boat a little this year at the Fair. This little tug boat spins, dips and peaks like riding an ocean swell. The Rock N Tug seats approximately 20 individuals so parents can take to the high seas with their children.

4 42" 36"

Lolli Swing:

Enjoy all of the fun of the sweet colors and savory sensations of a lollipop without the calories and sugar! This brightly colored ride has 16 swings decorated with large swirl lollipops and lights. The centerpiece is a large clown complete with a red nose and floppy shoes.

3 42" 36"

U-Toob Funhouse:

The U-Toob Funhouse is a walk through funhouse with a home movie twist. Patrons can enjoy clips of various funny home movies while negotiating obstacles. Unusual sights and sounds mixed with classic funhouse tricks make the U-Toob fun for the entire family. The beautiful scenery and two stories of fun will attract all funhouse enthusiasts.

3 36" 36"


The Orbiter is an exciting teen ride which features 4 twirling arms holding three spinning seats each. The Italian made ride twirls riders around until their seats are perpendicular with the ground below, quite the sight day and night.


4 52" 52"

Toon Town:

This is your chance to see what it's like to live in the wacky world of your favorite cartoons. Toon Town attracts kids and adults of all ages on a walk through a funhouse with many exciting obstacles. Toon Town also has a video camera set up on the inside that the kids can stand in front of and they will appear on the screen on the front of the ride for all to see. .

3 36" 36"
Dizzy Dragon
On the Dizzy Dragon four larger than life dragons welcome children and parents aboard for a smooth ride. Once riders climb into the dragon’s belly they are seated and can move the ride at their own pace by turning a giant steering wheel. This wheel spins the entire dragon and spins the entire party while entire ride revolves as well.
3 42" 36
Bigfoot Trucks
The Bigfoot Trucks are an all-time favorite of the kiddies featuring mini-monster trucks. The children feel as if they are driving around the track. Mom and Dad can even ride in the back!
3 36" 36"

Chopper Hopper
Kids of all ages can swirl and twirl through the air like a chopper flying daredevil. The Chopper Hopper is a family ride and boasts eight cartoon themed helicopters. Each helicopter holds four passengers and is large enough to accommodate children as well as adults. The helicopters move up and down the center pole and riders control the spinning action with a push of a button.


4 42" 36"


The Raiders is an all time favorite to the little ones. Fun for the while family. Featuring walk through punching bags, a cargo net climb and many more features will keep the littlest of visitors wanting to come back for more.

3 56" 42"

Tom Kangaroo:

Experience the graceful, gentle ride of a baby kangaroo carried in ths safety of his mother's pouch. Four Kangaroos welcome children and parents aboard for a smotth ride. Passengers sit inside each kangaroo and as the ride turns, each kangaroo slowly revolves as well.

3 36" 36"

Wacky Worm Coaster:

The Wacky Worm coaster is designed for the whole family. This two level family roller coaster is a great way for the entire family to enjoy the carnival. This brightly painted worm, surrounded by flower cup lights, is a charming addition to the Midway.

4 42" 36"

Wet Boat Ride:

This kid ride features individual mini boats that float in water along a circular path. A great carnival ride for first timers!

3 30" N/A

1st Squadron:

The 1st Squadron is a great ride for the whole family! These jet fighters have a small steering wheel that allows the children to maneuver the ride up and down as if they are the ones flying the jet through the air.

3 42" 36"
Orient Express
The Orient Express is a tyke-size coaster. An eastern-themed dragon holds two children in each of its segmented body. Hold on tight while coasting along the track with exhilarating dips and the wind in your hair. This is a perfect first timer coaster ride.
3 48" 36"

Quad Runner:

The Quad Runner is great for first time riders. Souped up 4-wheelers seat two children each and travel  in a circle.

4 36"-54" N/A
Jungle of Fun
The Jungle of Fun is an interactive jungle gym for children measuring 36”-48” inches. It includes a cargo net to climb a tunnel to traverse, obstacle punching bags and floor to bounce in.
3 36" N/A


The brand new A.R.M Vertigo towers over the midway at 100 feet in height and seats twenty-four passengers. Each seat holds two riders who are secured by a lap restraint. Once the ride begins, the entire center twists in a circular motion. Riders enjoy a swinging sensation as the entire center track lifts up slowly until reaching the top of the ride. Once the swing ride reaches the top it begins to slowly swing in a descent

5 48" 48"

Ex-Scream Machine:

Up, down, and aound aboard a car for four, passengers enjoy the Ex Scream Machine coaster! Standing 48 1/2 feet tall, it has 6 cars each capable of holding up to 4 people. A ride for teens and adults, the Ex Scream Machine sends riders on a thrillling trip over the tracks-- curving, rising, and descending--a journey for the bravest.

5 48" 48"


The lights and excitement of the midway literally become a blur as the Gravitron sweeps you off of your feet. Spinning at 24 RPM, the Gravitron uses centrifugal force to float the passengers off the floor, giving them the feeling of weightlessness. All aboard this 45-person capacity Gravitron for one wild ride.

4 48" 48"

Big Top:

This circus themed funhouse will hypnotize patrons with its beautiful color changing LED light show and newly painted scenery. Enjoy an upper deck view of the midway on the second story once maneuvering the air tricks and the spinning steps. With so many tricks to master, including a roller floor, treadmill, ladder steps and surprising air fans, it will take days to master this funhouse!  

4 48" 48"

Crown Merry Go Round

For decades, audiences have been awed by the beautifully handcrafted majesty of the carousel. To witness the Crown Merry Go Round is to see this piece of Americana in all its glory. This 28 foot Americana Themed Carousel features 18 jumping horses. Parents and children create memories while they enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful ride together!

4 42" 36"

Zombie Carnival Dark Ride:

Passengers are invited to climb aboard coffin-like carriages which seat two passengers at a time. When the operator engages the ride, passengers creep along a winding track which takes them to the Zombie Carnival. Complete darkness awaits riders as their carriage navigates twists and turns. 

4 36" 36"


The Roadsters are shaded by an umbrella top while children ride mini classic cars. Complete with horns to honk, this ride is just right for first time riders.

3 36"-54" N/A

Kid Wheel:

The Kid Wheel is a perfect practice ride for kids that are not ready for the Eagle 16. This mini Ferris wheel is only seventeen feet high, just enough for a good view but not too much for beginning riders.

3 36"-54" N/A

Wind Surfer:

This ride, manufactured by Wisdom Industries, is the very first of it's kind and Butler Amusements is the first to own it! The Wind Surfer has eight cars each with a sail and a two person capacity seat. Each wing is controlled by the riders so the seat flies up and down. The center of The Wind Surfer tips and lifts to simulate the swooping action of Wind Surfing on ocean waves.

4 48" 48"

Cycle Jump:

Get your little motor runnin' on this high-octane kiddy ride. The Cycle Jump is an umbrella ride with mini motorcycle cars to ride in which travel in a 360-degree rotation. This ride will bring out the little grease monkey in any child!

3 36" 36"-52"

Jumpin' Jumbos:

Adding yet another humorous touch to the Midway are our Jumpin' Jumbos. This cadre of eight comedic elephants rise into the air and then gently descend while rotating from a center tower. 

3 42" 42"