From Kiddie Rides to Towering Spectaculars...
We Have Something Fun For You! 

The 2017 Big Fresno Fair Carnival is the place for non-stop family fun this October! From retuning favorites to new attractions, Butler Amusements will thrill Fairgoers of all ages. Butler Amusements has been in operation for over 40 years and first joined The Big Fresno Fair in 1981 only to return again in 2011 to take part in all The Big Fresno Fair fun for years to come!

Don’t forget about the kids! Butler Amusements provides some of the best kiddie rides around like the Dizzy Dragon, Wet Boats, Bigfoot Trucks, Quad Runner and more! The Kiddie Carnival will continue to be in its location in the Infield grass area inside the Grandstand track with a NEW concrete midway to make walking from ride to ride even more convenient – all thanks to Butler Amusements! 


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

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


$1 for Invididual Coupons
$23 for 25 Coupons
$70 for 80 Coupons

Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands
$30 | Monday - Thursday
$35 | Friday - Sunday


New, Returning and Fairgoers’ Favorite Rides!

To view a complete list of this year's carnival rides with ride descriptions, photos, height requirements and the number of tickets to ride, click here. 


NEW 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. 12 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 3½ 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 spectacular addition to the Butler midway.

NEW Turbo Force
Not for the faint-hearted. Riders are taken for a 70 mph 'spin' at the ends of a whirling arm that takes them 140 ft. in the air and sends them hurtling towards earth in an arc generating forces 3 times the pull of gravity. Features upside-down free-flipping action

Alien Invasion
The Alien Invasion welcomes passengers aboard an enclosed alien spaceship. Once inside the entire ride revolves, spinning at 24 RPM and uses centrifugal force to sweep passengers you off of their feet giving them the feeling of weightlessness. All aboard this 45-person capacity Alien Invasion for one wild ride

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

Jumping Jungle Funhouse
The Jumping Jungle is a walk through funhouse with adventurous twists and turns. Kids negotiate various jungle themed obstacles to make their way through the shaded maze.

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.

Returning – Ex-Scream Machine Coaster
Up, down and around aboard a car for four, passengers enjoy the Ex-Scream Machine coaster! Standing at 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 thrilling trip over the tracks – curving, rising and descending – a journey for the bravest.

Returning – White Water Log Flume
White Water ride is Butler Amusements’ newest acquisition. White Water will bring a new dimension of thrills to our carnival goers. Ride goers make their way up two different hills. Once the log reaches the top, it descends rapidly splashing at the bottom of the water slide. White Water is an exciting spectacular addition to the carnival!

Fair Favorites! Grand Carousel & Century Wheel
These classic rides will be back at the 2017 Big Fresno Fair! Ride one of the magical horses on the Grand Carousel or jump in a gondola and ride to the top of the Century Wheel for some of the best views of the Fair! 

General Carnival Rules

  • No casts, pregnant persons or intoxicated individuals allowed on the rides
  • Infants are not allowed on carnival rides 
  • Children who are under 36 inches in height cannot ride any carnival rides and children who measure 36-48 inches in height can only ride a few select rides
  • All riders must have either a ride wristband or carnival coupons
  • Ride require anywhere from 3-5 coupons

Big Savings on Rides! 

Buy Early & Save BIG!

From September 6 - October 3, 2017, buy your Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband voucher at participating Central Valley Save Mart Supermarkets or FoodMaxx Stores for just $28! Click here for more details. 

Fans & Followers Day & $2 Carnival Rides (10/5)
Big Fresno Fair Facebook fans, Twitter and Instagram followers will get into the Fair FREE from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5. A link to a special barcode with instructions will be posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, October 4. Plus, this day is also $2 Carnival Rides where every ride is just $2 per ride all day long! Valid for all carnival rides in Kiddie Land and the Main Carnival Area.

Sun-Maid Kids’ Day & $2 Carnival Ride Wednesday (10/11)
On Kids’ Day Fair admission to the Fair is FREE for kids 12 and under with a paid adult admission all day long!  Remember, kids 5 and under are always free. Plus, enjoy $2 carnival rides all day long on Wednesday, October 11 too! Yes, that’s just $2 per ride! Valid for all carnival rides in Kiddie Land and the Main Carnival.

For more information about Butler Amusements, Click here.