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

The 2018 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!

CLICK HERE for a complete ride list that includes height requirements and how many tickets each ride takes!


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

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

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2018 Big Fresno Fair Ride Descriptions 

The Mega FLIP, 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.
Riders are taken for a 70 mph 'spin' at the ends of a whirling arm that takes them 120 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
Inversion features a tripod of passenger seats which can hold up to12 passengers. The main arm of the ride swings side to side like a pendulum then swings to invert passengers completely around and upside down. The inversion can reach a height of nearly 80 feet.
This fast paced thrill ride holds two passengers per car. Secured by a lap bar the ride spins and the main arm raises the center of the wheel creating a unique undulating sensation for each of the cars.
1001 Nachts (Nights)
Our European 1001 Nachts ride is a spectacular bright ride on the midway and is a thrill to fairgoers. It is a platform ride that goes completely up and over in a circular fashion as riders leave their stomach behind. This colorful attraction replaces the older falling star ride which we used to use on our midways.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. 
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Cyclone is a thrilling ride that is enjoyed by kids, teens and families of all types. The Tornado has 8 uniquely designed spherical passenger vessels each with a capacity of 4 persons. Each vessel includes a centrally located steering wheel which enables the passengers spin the cars themselves. The Tornado lifts 7 ½ feet into the air and tilts 20 degrees for a terrific ride sensation
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!
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. 
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!
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! 
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.
Starship 3000
The lights and excitement of the midway literally become a blur as the Starship 3000 sweeps you off of your feet. Spinning at 24 RPM, The Starship uses centrifugal force to float the passengers off the floor, giving them the feeling of weightlessness. All aboard this 45-person capacity Starship for one wild ride.
The Orbiter is an exciting teen ride which features 4 twirling arms holding three spinning seats each. This Italian made ride twirls riders around until their seats are perpendicular with the ground below, quite the sight day and night
Kite Flyer
The Kite Flyer is an unusual amusement ride where, instead of sitting, passengers lie horizontally 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”.
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
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!
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!
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 seat capable of holding 3 people. The main frame spins as each arm of seats spins independently, creating a feeling of funky flight. The Scrambler also features Deluxe Lighting and programmed incandescent “Ultra Lights.”
Eagle 16 
A 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. 
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. 
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!
This exciting ride, manufactured by Wisdom Industries, is the very first of it’s kind and Butler Amusements is the first to own it! The Winder 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.
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.
 FAMILY RIDES (Rides that adults and children may ride together)
 Spinning Family Coaster
The Spinning Family Coaster, manufactured by SBF, will be brand to new to Butler Amusements in 2015. The compact Spinning Coaster features a figure eight track design that provides four spinning cars plenty of velocity within a small footprint. Perfect for teens and kids alike, the spinning coaster is unlike most coasters which have a fixed, facing forward seat design. Instead, the spinning coaster cars each independently spin around adding extra thrills as the cars maneuver the bi-level track.
Pirate Jet
The Pirate Jet, manufactured by SBF, will make its United States debut on Butler Amusements midway in 2015. That’s correct, the Pirate Jet is not only brand new but it is the first of its kind in the U.S. Passengers climb aboard and join an armada of six pirate ships each capable of holding 4 children or 1 adult and 2 children per ship while they gently rotate around a central friendly pirate character. Each ship sails up and down simulating a trip on the high seas!
Jumping Jungle:
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.
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
A high seas adventure awaits aboard our fun-filled pirate ship funhouse, Renegade. Filled with challenging and amusing obstacles, this is thrilling, yet just right for the whole family! Patrons dodge punching bags pirates and climb a cargo ladder before sliding into the mouth of a great white shark! From inside or out, the Renegade is an unusual “sailing” attraction!
Wacky Worm 
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. 
Jumping 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 descends while rotating from a center tower.
Balloon Samba
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 seats32 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.
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, the journey begins around a circular track. Fun for everyone is in store on the Looney tooter.
 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.
Lolli Swing 
Enjoy all of the fun of the sweet colors and savory sensation 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.
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.
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!
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

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.
Kid Town
This is your chance to see what it’s like to live in the wacky world of your favorite cartoons. Kid Town attracts kids and adults of all ages on a walk through a funhouse with many exciting obstacles. Kid 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.
Quad Runner
The Quad Runner is great for first time riders. Souped up 4-wheelers seat two children each and travel in a circle.
Wet Boats
This kid ride features individual mini boats that float in water along a circular path. A great carnival ride for first timers!
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.
Frog Hopper
The Frog Hopper is a first of its kind, fully interactive family ride that is sure to be a hit amongst kids of all ages. The Frog Hopper combines stadium style seating with an adorable frog theme utilizing a unique, patent pending interactive bouncing motion.
Tom Kangaroo
Experience the graceful, gentle ride of a baby kangaroo carried in the safety of his mother’s pouch. Four Kangaroos welcome children and parents aboard for a smooth ride. Passengers sit inside each kangaroo and as the ride turns, each kangaroo slowly revolves as well. 
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.