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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 (Subject to Change):

$1 per ticket, $20 for a pack of 20, and $35 for a pack of 45

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

All tickets go on sale Saturday, May 14 at the Box Office at 8:00 AM and online starting at 12:00 NOON. 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 (subject to change). Sold only until July 21, while supplies last.
    **(Not recommended for use on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays)

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.

TBD for 2016 - Subject to Change

One parent (or adult guardian) gets to ride FREE with their paying child all day, every day on the following four great rides in the Kiddy Carnival area: Carousel, Jumping Jumbos, Dizzy Dragons and Lollie Swings.


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.


List of rides at the 2015 carnival

Helm and Sons

Ride list subject to change. Wristbands not recommended for Children under 42"

Spectacular and Major Rides

RIDES

TIXS

HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS

Big Splash Water Ride

6

48" Minimum/NO OPEN TOED SHOES

Olympic Bobsled Roller Coaster

6

54" Minimum

Wave Swinger

5

42" Minimum

Star Dancer

6

54" Minimum/NO OPEN TOED SHOES

Orbiter

5

52"/No single riders

Music Fest

5

42" Minimum

Pharoah's Fury

5

48" Minimum

Super Shot

5

48" Minimum

Hi Voltage

5

52" Minimum

Zipper

5

52"/No single riders

Century Wheel

4

54"/No single riders

Wacky Worm Family Coaster

4

36" With an Adult/42" Alone

Beach Party

4

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

Mardi Gras

3

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

Cliff Hanger

4

48" Minimum

Tornado

4

48" Minimum

Zero Gravity

4

48" Minimum

Triple Twist

4

48" Minimum

Bumper Cars

4

42" With Adult/48" Minimum

Tilt A Whirl

4

42" With an Adult/48" Minimum

Spider

5

42" Minimum/No Single Riders


Kiddie and Family Rides

RIDES

TIXS

HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS

Carousel

3

None w/Adult, 42"Alone

Alpine Slide

3

36" With an Adult/42" Alone

Mad Birds

3

36" Minimum/ NO OPEN TOED SHOES

Jumping Jumbos

3

36" With an Adult/42" Alone

Cool Bears

3

36" With Adult/ 42" Alone

Dizzy Dragons

3

36" With Adult/ 42" Alone

Block City

3

36" Minimum/ NO OPEN TOED SHOES

Krazy Plane

3

36" With Adult/ 42" Alone

Rockin Tug

3

36" With an Adult/36 Alone

Jurasic Jeeps

2

36" Minimum to 52" Max

Ragin River Canoes

2

2 Yrs old/Not above 48"

Cub Country

2

36" With Adult/ 36" Alone

Frog Hopper

2

36" Minimum to 48" Max

Lolli Swings

3

36"With an Adult/42"Alone

Baja Buggies

3

36"With an Adult/42"Alone

Bounce

2

36" Maximum


Carnival Ride Safety Rules

  • Please listen and obey all operator instructions and read all posted signage.
  • 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.
  • IT IS FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE LAW, that rides have minimum height requirements, if you do not meet these requirements you will not be allowed to ride.
  • ALL riders must have a ticket or wristband.
  • Parents riding with children must pay to ride.
  • Some rides have age and size restrictions.
  • 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


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