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Butler Amusements Magical Midway

Carnival at night


Carnival Hours of Operation:

  • Opening Day Thursday, August 2 - Kid Carnival Open Noon; Main Carnival Open 3:00 pm
  • Monday-Friday - Open Noon
  • Saturdays - Open 11:00 am
  • Sundays - Open 11:00 am
Butler Amusements

“Butler Amusement is dedicated to providing to our customers safe and enjoyable rides, delicious food and exciting game concessions, always of the highest quality and delivered with the best possible customer service. We strive to produce affordable family entertainment for our patrons and consider it a privilege to offer attractions that will bring fun and happiness to all ages.”

2018 will be Butler Amusements 48th year of operation. The company is still committed to its original company motto “The Cleanest Show in the West.” Throughout the company’s existence from when it was founded in 1970 by George “Bud” Butler, his wife Evelyn, and his son Earl “Butch”, it has continued to provide the newest and most exciting rides and attractions available in the carnival industry. Customer safety and satisfaction have always been the primary factors considered when acquiring new rides and attractions. This has helped us provide the safest possible fun for Butler customers and be able to feature some new attractions each year.The presentation of the carnival always includes innumerable features which give a bright colorful appearance while always stressing a safe and customer-friendly environment.

Butler Amusements is a family- owned and operated company, building its carnival over many years into one of the largest in the United States was accomplished through the hard, dedicated work of the family and its employees. The fourth generation of Butlers is now actively involved in operation of the company.

Don't miss this year's new rides - Turbo, Wind Surfer, Puppy Love, and Tommy Kangaroo! Also, be sure to ride the favorites... Make a splash on the White Water Flume. Keep up that Fair tradition with a ride on the Century Wheel. Feel the thrill of the Pole Position Spinning Coaster and rock out on the Music Express!

Carnival Tickets

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Carnival Pre-Sale COMBO

$50 Value - Pre-Sale Price $35
Good any day of the Fair! Includes Fair Admission, and a wristband to ride all day at our NEW, more spectacular carnival. Only available through August 1. Available only at the Box Office.

Carnival Pre-Sale - Wristband ONLY

Buy Tickets Here

$30-35 Value - Pre-Sale Price $25
Good any day of the Fair! Includes one unlimited ride wristband. Only available Online and at the Fair Box Office through August 1. Does not include Fair admission.

Tickets on sale Now!

FAIR BOX OFFICE

1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa - Administration Building
(Fair Box Office will move to the front of Grace Pavilion approximately two weeks before Fair opens.)

Pre-Fair Box Office Hours:

  • Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm.
  • Saturday July 28 only- 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Pre-Sale discounts are available at SonomaCountyFair.com or at the Fair Box Office until August 1 or while supplies last. Tickets are not available by phone.

Please note: There are handling fees for all tickets sold on-line. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, debit cards and cash. Sorry, we cannot accept personal checks.

Pre-sale tickets can also be purchased at one of our official outlets:

  • Lucky Supermarkets in Petaluma, Santa Rosa & Sonoma
  • Calzado Leon (Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa)
  • Rancho Mendoza Market (Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa)
  • Rancho Mendoza Market (Piner Rd., Santa Rosa)
  • Boutique Angelica (E. Washington, Petaluma)
  • La Morenita Market (Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma)
  • Mario's Jeweler (Center St., Healdsburg)

Carnival Wristbands at the Fair

Valid day-of only. Does not include Fair Admission.
Unlimited ride wristbands are available every day of the Fair.
Monday - Thursday: $30
Friday - Sunday: $35

FAST PASS

Purchase a FastPass and use the FastPass lanes to avoid long lines! A limited quantity is sold each day.
Price: $10
Available at any onsite Butler Amusements ticket box during the fair while supplies last!. Only valid day of purchase. To be used on rides with a FastPass lane option. Rider must be wearing the FastPass wristband in addition to an unlimited ride wristband OR carnival tickets.

Ride Tickets - each ride requires 3-5 tickets each

$1 each
$25 for 27 tickets
$70 for 80 tickets
$100 for 120 tickets


New This Year

Butler Amusements is introducing an exciting new way to enjoy the carnival at the 2018 Sonoma County Fair. Customers have the option of purchasing Smart Cards at our ticket boxes or at our new self-serve kiosks.

  1. Choose the ticket package you want, pay using cash, credit or debit, receive a smart card with all of your tickets.
  2. Keep your receipt in a safe place, and use the smart card to ride rides AND play games.
  3. You can refill your smart card at any ticket box or self-serve kiosk. You can also track where you used your tickets and check your balance.

Unlimited ride wristbands still work as they always have: Purchase at a Carnival Ticket Box (keep your receipt in a safe place) and ride all the ride you want that day.

For more information on Fair admission tickets visit the Tickets page of this site.

2018 Rides (subject to change)

Balloon Samba
Balloon Samba - 3 Tickets
42" alone / 36" with adult
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.

Berry Go Round
Berry Go Round - 4 Tickets
42" alone / 36" with adult
On the Berry Go Round four giant, sweet strawberries welcome children and parents aboard for a smooth ride. Passengers can move the ride at their own pace by turning a giant steering wheel inside the each berry spinning themselves round and round while the entire ride revolves as well. This ride is a great introduction for ride enthusiasts in training before stepping up to the Tilt A Whirl.


Bigfoot Trucks
Bigfoot Trucks - 3 Tickets
36" alone / 36" with adult
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!

Big Top Funshouse
Big Top Funshouse - 4 Tickets
48" alone / 48" with adult
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!


Century Wheel
Century Wheel - 5 Tickets
NO SINGLE RIDERS
18 Yrs or Older & 42" alone / 42" with adult
Towering 67 feet, the Century Wheel is sure to offer spectacular views of the midway. More than 6,000 multicolored LED lights and 16 different computerized programs create kaleidoscopic effects for a spectacular light show.

Chopper Hopper
Chopper Hopper - 4 Tickets
42" alone / 36" with adult
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.


Crown Merry Go Round
Crown Merry Go Round - 3 Tickets
ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE TICKETS
42" alone / 36" with adult
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 30 foot Americana Themed Carousel features jumping horses, and 2 chariots. Parents and children create memories while they enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful ride together!

Cycle Jump
Cycle Jump - 3 Tickets
ADULTS CANNOT RIDE
36" - 54"


Eagle 16 Ferris Wheel
Eagle 16 Ferris Wheel - 4 Tickets
48" alone / 42" with adult
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.

Flying Bobs
Flying Bobs - 5 Tickets
48" alone / 48" with adult
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.


Grand Carousel
Grand Carousel - 4 Tickets
ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE TICKETS
42" alone / 32" with adult
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!

Inversion
Inversion - 7 Tickets
ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE TICKETS
54" alone / 54" with adult
The Inversion features a tripod of passenger seats which can hold a total of 12 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.


Jumping Jumbos
Jumping Jumbos - 3 Tickets
42" alone / 36" with adult
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.

Jungle of Fun
Jumping Jungle - 4 Tickets
NO OPEN TOED SHOES
36" alone / 32" with adult
The Jumping Jungle Funhouse is a walk through funhouse with a wild twist. Patrons can enjoy scenes from the jungle while negotiating obstacles. Unusual sights and sounds mixed with classic funhouse tricks makes the Jumping Jungle fun for the entire family. The beautiful scenery and two stories of fun will attract all funhouse enthusiasts.


Lolli Swing
Lolli Swing - 3 Tickets
42" alone / 36" with adult
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.

Looney Tooter Train
Looney Tooter Train - 3 Tickets
36" alone / 36" with adult
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.


Mardi Gras Fun House
Mardi Gras Fun House - 4 Tickets
42" alone / 36" with adult
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!

Music Express
Music Express - 5 Tickets
48" alone / 48" with adult
This sleigh ride of grandiose proportions is based on the caterpillar rides of Germany. 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!


Orbiter
Orbiter - 5 Tickets
52" alone / 52" with adult
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.

Pole Position Spinning Coaster
Pole Position Spinning Coaster - 6 Tickets
52" alone / 52" with adult
The Giant Pole Position Spinning Roller Coaster is Fabbri Groups first spinning coaster delivered to a 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!


Puppy Love
Puppy Love - 3 Tickets
36" alone / 32" with adult
Riders climb aboard a small boat adorned with adorable puppies. Once aboard, the boat gently sways side to side. A perfect first time ride for small children.

Renegade Octopus
Renegade Octopus - 3 Tickets
44" alone / 36" with adult
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!


Roadsters
Roadsters - 3 Tickets
ADULTS CANNOT RIDE
36" - 54"
Get your little motor runnin’ on this high-octane kiddy ride. The Roadsters is an umbrella ride with mini classic cars to ride in which travel in a 360 degree rotation. This ride will bring out the little grease monkey in any child!

Scrambler
Scrambler - 4 Tickets
48" alone / 36" with adult
Zig and zag your way to an amazing time on the Scrambler. 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.”


Giant Slide
Slide - 3 Tickets
NO HAND HOLDING OR LAP RIDING
42" alone / 42" with adult
No carnival midway 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.

Starship 3000
Starship 3000 - 4 Tickets
NO WALL CLIMBING
48" alone / 48" with adult
The lights and excitement of the midway literally become a blur as Starship 3000 sweeps you off of your feet. Spinning at 24 RPM, The Starship 3000 uses centrifugal force to float the passengers off the floor, giving them the feeling of weightlessness. All aboard this 45-person capacity Starship 3000 for one wild ride.


Tommy Kangaroo
Tommy Kangaroo - 3 Tickets
32" alone / 32" with adult
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.

Turbo
Turbo - 10 Tickets
59" alone / 59" with adult
Not for the faint-hearted. 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.


Vertigo
Vertigo - 5 Tickets
48" alone / 48" with adult
The 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.

Viper
Viper - 4 Tickets
44" alone / 44" with adult
The Viper ride is another recent spectacular ride 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.


Wacky Worm Coaster
Wacky Worm Coaster - 4 Tickets
42" alone / 36" with adult
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.

Wave Swinger
Wave Swinger - 5 Tickets
44" alone / 44" with adult
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.


Wet Boats
Wet Boats - 3 Tickets
NO WEIGHT OVER 120 lbs
30" - 48"
This kid ride features individual mini boats that float in water along a circular path. A great carnival ride for first timers!

White Water Log Flume
White Water Log Flume - 6 Tickets
48" alone / 42" with adult
The world-class White Water ride is one of Butler Amusements’ most spectacular acquisitions. Unlike any other ride on our midway, the new White Water brings a new dimension of thrills to 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.


Wind Surfer
Wind Surfer - 4 Tickets
48" alone / 48" with adult
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.

Zipper
Zipper - 5 Tickets
NO SINGLE RIDERS
54" alone / 54" with adult
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.


Zombie Carnival
Zombie Carnival - 4 Tickets
42" alone / 42" with adult
Passengers are invited to climb aboard carriages which seat two passengers at a time. When the operator engages the ride, passengers creep along a winding track which takes them inside the mysteries of the Zombie Carnival. Complete darkness awaits riders as their carriage navigates twists and turns.



General Rules

  • IT IS ALWAYS UP TO THE RIDE OPERATOR TO DECIDE IF IT IS SAFE FOR YOU TO RIDE
  • No casts, pregnant persons, nor intoxicated individuals allowed on rides.
  • Children who measure under 36" in height cannot ride any carnival rides and children who measure 36-48 inches tall can only ride a few select rides.
  • All riders must have either a ride wristband (if available) or carnival tickets. Rides require 3-5 tickets each.
  • Infants are not allowed to ride carnival rides.
  • Be aware that there are height requirements on each ride, and in some cases other restrictions; Specifically the seat molds and over the shoulder harnesses dictate who the ride can comfortably accommodate.

Please check safety rules before purchasing tickets—no refunds are given.


Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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