Enjoy both the carnival and/or the kids’ carnival while visiting the Fair. The newest and greatest rides are surely to bring a smile to any thrill seeker’s face – young or old.
An unlimited ride wristband can be purchased for $25 Tuesday-Thursday, and $28 Friday-Sunday (and Presidents' Day Monday) at the carnival ticket booth inside fairgrounds.
Just For Kids
During the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, there are numerous daily activities designed for children. Kids will enjoy the excitement of the Jest In Time Circus & Captain Jack Spareribs shows along with their parents, but they also have their own special place to play at the Fair, the Kids’ Alley.
The Kids’ Alley is full of entertainment acts such as clowns, mimes, puppet shows, and a special variety of shows. There are numerous educational and interactive exhibits and play stations for arts and crafts. There is even a special carnival section geared for little thrills!
At the 71st Annual Fair this year, carnival lovers will be delighted! Don’t miss out on the adrenaline rush and fun! Here’s a list of just a few:
White Water Flume Ride
The world-class White Water ride is one of Butler Amusements’ newest acquisitions. 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.
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.
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.
This sleigh ride of grandiose proportions is Butler Amusements newest acquisition. 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!
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.
You won’t have to make the trek to the snowy slopes of the Swiss Alps to experience the rush of a toboggan ride. See the fair in a blur as the fabulous Himalaya takes you on a fast, up-down-around trip faster and faster, then backward too.
A towering tradition of Butler Amusements, the Century Wheel dominates the Midway day and night, offering patrons a sweeping view from a height of nearly 70 feet! Passengers are seated in separate gondolas and then whisked smoothly over the top and down again, reminiscent of the ferris wheel. The Century Wheel is a pleasant ride for the entire family. The Century 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!
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.
Pole Position Coaster
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!
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 up, around and down again, a motion reminiscent of the ferris wheel. The Giant Wheel is a pleasant ride for the entire family.
Already a midway favorite, the Fireball, from Italy, lifts riders high into the air, 20 at a time. As the main boom swings back and forth, the base of five 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.
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
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.
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.
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 is also energy efficient as it has been equipped with state-of-the art LED bulbs
Thrill-seekers have touted this ride as one of the Midway’s “craziest! On the Footloose the ride’s two gigantic arms loop counter-clockwise to each other, turning completely upside down. Riders are secured by over the shoulder harnesses while their legs dangle free in the open air. This ride is sure to thrill even the bravest of riders
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.
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.
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 Americana Themed 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!
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 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.
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.
The lights and excitement of the midway literally become a blur as Gravitron 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 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!
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!
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”.
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 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!
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 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.
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.
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.
State Fair Slide
The Slide is a ride for the whole family. It towers 35 feet high and has hills to slide down. Fairgoers of any age enjoy the thrill of our 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 scream with delight as they sail to the bottom.
The Riverside County Fair has been a playground for kids of all ages. 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.
KIDDIE & FAMILY RIDES
Spinning Family Coaster
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.
Pirates of the Midway
Pirates of the Midway takes you on a salty quest of epic proportions. This pirate themed walk-through attraction is a thrilling trip through a maze of unusual sights and sounds! Inside and out, the Pirates of the Midway is an eye-catching adventure, complete with tricks and thrills.
The Pirate Jet, manufactured by SBF, made 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!
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.
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.
The new Frog Hopper is a first of its kind, fully interactive family ride that is sure to be a hit amongst kids of all ages. Brand new to Butler Amusements the Frog Hopper combines stadium style seating with an adorable frog theme utilizing a unique, patent pending interactive bouncing motion.
Balloon Samba from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U-Toob Funhouse is a walk through funhouse with a home movie twist. Patrons can enjoy clips of various funny home movies while negotiating obstacles. Unusual sights and sounds mixed with classic funhouse tricks makes the U-Toob fun for the entire family. The beautiful scenery and two stories of fun will attract all funhouse enthusiasts.
The Raiders is an all time favorite to the little ones. Fun for the whole family. Featuring walk through punching bags, a cargo net climb and many more features will keep the littlest of visitors wanting to come back for more
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!
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.
This kid ride features individual mini boats that float in water along a circular path. A great carnival ride for first timers!
On the Dizzy Dragon four magical dragons 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 dragon’s belly 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.
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!
Jungle of Fun
The Jungle of Fun is an interactive jungle gym for children measuring 36”-48” inches. It includes a cargo net to climb a tunnel to traverse, obstacle punching bags and floor to bounce in.
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.
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!
The Quad Runner is great for first time riders. Souped up 4-wheelers seat two children each and travel in a circle.
Get your little motor runnin’ on this high-octane kiddy ride. The Jet Ski’s is an umbrella ride with mini water craft to ride in which travel in a 360 degree rotation. This ride will bring out the wave jumper in any child!