What better way to be a kid again than to take one to the fair, especially when it’s Kids Day? The Big Fresno Fair is celebrating Kids Day by offering free admission for its youngest guests and $2 carnival rides for everyone on Wednesday.
As part of the Kids Day promotion, sponsored by Sun Maid, admission to the fair is free for children 12 and younger with a paid adult admission.
The fair’s ride provider, Butler Amusements, has returned with many of the popular rides, as well as a few new ones, including:
Inversion: Holding up to 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, reaching a height of nearly 80 feet.
Quasar: This fast-paced ride spins around and around, while the main arm raises the center of the wheel, creating a unique undulating sensation for each of the cars. It holds two passengers per car.
Zipper: While the “cages” holding two passengers each rise and descend on a tower boom, each spins independently and the entire boom turns, too, giving riders three times the action.
The carnival also offers a few tamer rides, such as the Grand Carousel and the Century Wheel, which offers some of the best views of the fair, especially from the top of the wheel.
Butler has again provided a Kiddie Carnival with such rides as the Kid Wheel, Tom Kangaroo, Wet Boats and Quad Runner. The Kiddie Carnival is in the infield grass area inside the grandstand track.
Concerned about safety? The Big Fresno Fair and Butler Amusements contracted with a third-party consulting agency to inspect all carnival rides during carnival setup, as well as throughout the fair’s run through Sunday to ensure all rides are properly maintained and safe.
The Big Fresno Fair
Gates open: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.
Gates close: Thursday and Sunday, 11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, midnight
Museum: Open until 9 p.m.
Carnival: Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m. to close (kiddie carnival opens at noon Thursday-Friday); Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to close
Horse racing start times: Thursday and Friday, 1:15 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12:15 p.m. (Read Exacta Kenny’s handicap in Sports)
Admission: Adults $10; military, seniors 62 and older, and children ages 6-12 $7; children 5 and under free
Parking: $15 Chance Avenue lot; $10 Butler Avenue and infield lots; $5 Maple/Butler and Cedar/Kings Canyon lots
Clovis Park and Ride shuttle: Free shuttles pickup every half-hour, from 9:40 a.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays from Clovis Park and Ride at Highway 168 and Temperance Avenue.