Carnival

The 2020 Santa Clara County Fair runs

JULY 30 - AUGUST 2

Santa Clara County Fair starts in:

Carnival

Rides are the highlight of anyone’s fair experience! We can not wait to share with you the rides we will be offering this summer! Check back very soon for the list!

Pre-purchase your ride wristbands over at our tickets page!

Ride Descriptions 

Mega Flip

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.

Himalaya

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.  

Quasar

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.

 

SPECTACULAR RIDES

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.

Giant Scooters

A new innovation on a traditional ride, our Scooters are an original. 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.  

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. 

Zipper

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.  

Alien Invasion

The lights and excitement of the midway literally become a blur as the Alien Invasion sweeps you off of your feet. Spinning at 24 RPM, The Alien Invasion ride uses centrifugal force to float the passengers off the floor, giving them the feeling of weightlessness. 

MAJOR RIDES AND SHOWS 

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.  

State Fair Slide

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.

Cyclone

The Cyclone is a thrilling ride that is enjoyed by kids, teens and families of all types. The Cyclone 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 Cyclone lifts 7 ½ feet into the air and tilts 20 degrees for a terrific ride sensation.

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”.

The 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!

Pirates of the Midway Funhouse

The Pirates of the Midway Funhouse takes riders through a swashbuckling adventure. This pirate themed funhouse is a thrilling trip through a maze of unusual sights and sounds! Inside and out, the Pirates of the Midway is filled with tricks and adventures, complete with music, lights and picturesque scenery! 

FAMILY RIDES (Rides that adults and children may ride together)

Pirate Jet 

The Pirate Jet 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!

Dizzy Dragon

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. 

Rio 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 Rio Grande Train.

Firehouse

The Firehouse 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

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.

Wacky Tracks Funhouse

Whacky Tracks invites children and adults aboard to explore this train station themed funhouse. Equipped with silly stairs and many exciting obstacles including spinning steps, air tricks, fun mirrors, a squishy rubber maze. Children will love what is in store for them aboard the Wacky tracks.

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.

KID RIDES

Quad Runner 

The Quad Runner is great for first time riders. Souped-up 4-wheelers seat two children each and travel in a circle.

Kid Wheel

The kid wheel is a mini ferris wheel. This Ferris wheel is approximately 10’ tall and is a great introduction to the full size Eagle 16 Ferris Wheel.

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