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Helm & Sons Carnival

Carnival at night
Image courtesy of
Jesse Irizary

The Classic American Carnival!

Closed Mondays

  • Main Carnival open daily 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Kiddy Carnival open daily 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

The legendary Helm and Sons Carnival returns to the Sonoma County Fair this year with over 50 whimsical rides with just the right mix of super spectacular for the thrill-seekers and exciting family and kid rides to appeal to all ages.

Carnival Ride Ticket Prices: NEW LOWER PRICE!

$.50 per ticket, $25 for a pack of 50, and $50 for a pack of 100

Known for innovation, safety and value, Helm and Sons is now offering fifty cent tickets on site instead of $1 tickets or various ticket sheet discounts. Rides will now require between 3 and 10 tickets. This results in about a 20-30% reduction overall in ride prices when you buy tickets.

NEW: WOWXpress upgrade - $15

Also new this year will be the introduction of the WOWXpress upgrade. This fast pass type program is an upgrade to the regular unlimited rides wristband that can be purchased, and allows riders to skip the long lines and use a special designated VIP entrance at every ride. Even if you choose to purchase ride tickets you can still upgrade to the WOWXpress and skip the lines. Helm and Sons will only offer a limited number of WOWXpress wristbands each day to maintain their exclusivity, and they are only $15 more. Only available for purchase at the Carnival lot ticket booths.


Fair Box Office - Located in the Administration Building

Monday - Friday Pre-Fair Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. The Sonoma County Fair Box Office is located at 1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. Tickets are not available by phone. Open Saturdays 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM starting June 11.

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.

Carnival Pre-Sale Discounts

Discounts available until July 21 or while supplies last.

Buy Tickets Here
  • Carnival WOW Coupon
    $35 Value - Pre-Sale Price $25
    Includes: tickets for 10 rides OR an all-day Carnival Wristband to enjoy unlimited rides (all ages), 2-for-1 play coupon, free popcorn and gift (with purchase, subject to change). Sold only until July 21, while supplies last.
    **(Not recommended for use on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays or for children under 36 inches)

Box Office Only Pre-Sale Discounts

Season Passes, Family Packs & Carnival Economy Packs will be sold at the Fairground Box Office ONLY and will be available through July 21 or while supplies last.

  • Carnival Economy Pack
    $282 Value - Pre-Sale Price $115
    Includes: 6 Too Good To Be True Coupons for the price of 5, good on any “Too Good To Be True” day; Too Good To Be True Coupon Includes: Gate Admission and an all-day Carnival Wristband to enjoy unlimited rides (all ages).

Carnival Discount Days

Deals valid day-of only and are available at the gate only.

Too Good To Be True Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
$23 includes Gate Admission and a Carnival Wristband to enjoy unlimited rides on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Fairgoers may purchase regular gate admission only if they do not wish to enjoy the carnival. Carnival Economy Pack accepted on these days. WOW! Coupons are accepted on these days but does not include gate admission and is not recommended for use on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Carnival Pay-One-Price Fridays - Sundays
$35 includes a Carnival Wristband to enjoy unlimited rides. WOW! Coupons accepted on these days.

Kiddie Carnival

fun for kids!

This year the Sonoma County Fair will offer a classic, full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement appealing to the most daring thrill-seekers, the traditional Kid Land with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement for the younger kids and "Cub Country", the award winning '"mini kid land" for the smallest family members. Remember that Fair admission is free every day for children 6 and under, and Fridays are Kids Days, with free Fair admission for all children 12 and under.


NEW RIDES


Kids Swing RideHappy Swing Kid Ride - This brand new kid ride gives new meaning to Swinging, the little ones are sure to be happy after a ride on this cool new Swing ride that takes the old swing set into the modern age.

Pony Express Kid Ride - This unique one of a kind ride features galloping pony express horses that take riders on a journey around a track, complete with sound, saddles and stirrups.

It's Back! Big Splash


The Dance Party ride in actionBack by popular demand is Big Splash, a pirate themed water ride that is a portable version of the infamous theme park splash rides. Be prepared because you will get WET! The ride itself will cover over 650 feet, or more than two football fields of water filled track, it has two drops or over 30 feet and a Big Splash finale.

Also returning are popular rides "100ft Super Shot" and "Wacky Worm Family Coaster". Plus, an Fair favorite, "The Olympic Bobsled Coaster!"

List of rides at the 2016 carnival

Helm and Sons

Ride list subject to change. Wristbands not recommended for Children under 36"

Spectacular and Major Rides

RIDES

TIXS

HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS

Alpine Slide

5

36" With an Adult/42" Alone

Beach Party

6

36" Minimum/42" With an Adult/NO OPEN TOED SHOES

Big Splash Water Ride

11

48" Minimum/NO OPEN TOED SHOES

Black Widow Spider

7

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Bumper Cars

7

42" With Adult/48" Minimum

Carousel

7

None w/Adult, 42"Alone

Century Wheel

8

54"/No single riders

Cliff Hanger

7

48" Minimum

Hard Rock

10

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Hi Voltage

7

52" Minimum

Mad Birds

5

36" Minimum/ NO OPEN TOED SHOES

Mardi Gras

6

36" Minimum/42" With an Adult/NO OPEN TOED SHOES

Music Fest

9

42" Minimum

Olympic Bobsled Roller Coaster

11

54" Minimum

Orbiter

9

52"/No single riders

Pharoah's Fury

7

48" Minimum

Super Shot

11

48" Minimum

Tornado

7

48" Minimum

Wacky Worm Family Coaster

7

36" With an Adult/42" Alone

Wave Swinger

9

42" Minimum

Zero Gravity

7

48" Minimum

Zipper

7

52"/No single riders

Zombie Haunted House

5

CHECK BACK FOR INFO


Kiddie and Family Rides

RIDES

TIXS

HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS

Baja Buggies

5

36"With an Adult/42"Alone

Block City

5

36" Minimum/ NO OPEN TOED SHOES

Canoes

4

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Dizzy Dragons

5

36" With Adult/ 42" Alone

Dogs

5

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Flying Dragon

5

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Frog Hopper

5

36" Minimum to 48" Max

Happy Swing

5

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Hillbilly Hilton

5

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Jumping Jumbos

5

36" With an Adult/42" Alone

Taxi

4

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Thomas Train

5

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Rockin Tug

5

36" With an Adult/36 Alone

Turtles

4

CHECK BACK FOR INFO

Pony Express

4

CHECK BACK FOR INFO


Safety is Our #1 Priority

Below is a list of general rules that can help make your day at any carnival, fair, or amusement park even safer.

  • KEEP hands, arms and legs inside ride at all times.
  • USE safety equipment such as a seat belt, shoulder harness or lap bar when provided.
  • STAY in ride until it comes to a complete stop.
  • READ posted rules.
  • OBSERVE age, height and weight restrictions.
  • FOLLOW instructions of ride operator.

In addition...

  • All Rides have Specific Rules and Regulations set forth by the Ride Manufacturer and the government agencies that oversee portable amusement rides. These rules and regulations are set forth for the safety of riders. All riders are responsible for their own actions and are required to obey all rules and operator instructions. Helm and Sons Amusements is not responsible for injury or loss as a result of rider behavior that is not compliant with rules, regulations and instructions.
  • ALL Riders must have the appropriate number of tickets or a wristband, no exceptions. In some cases and adult may be required to ride with a child in order to meet the rules of that ride. ALL riders must pay to ride.
  • Please measure your child prior to purchasing advance sale WOW Coupons or wristbands as NO REFUNDS will be given. If your child is 36 inches or less it is not recommended that you by a wristband. If you purchase a WOW Coupon you will be given the option of trading it in for TEN rides, this may be a better option for parents with small children.
  • Wristband sales will stop at 8:00 PM each night in order to insure that all riders who have purchased a wristband have enough time to enjoy the rides prior to closing.
  • Do NOT RUN in or around the rides.
  • Be courteous and respectful of other guests by not cutting in lines.
  • DO NOT ride if you are injured, sick, pregnant, have health concerns or are too afraid to ride.
  • NEVER stand up while the ride is in motion.
  • Do Not talk to the operator while the ride is in motion.
  • Some rides DO NOT ALLOW SINGLE riders.
  • Some rides do not allow riders with open-toed shoes (sandals).

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


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1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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