Sunday, March 29, 2015

Butler Amusements brings rides for all ages to Solano County Fair

From page SCF18 | July 25, 2014 |

Carnival Ride

Eagle 16 is a 16-seat Ferris wheel.

The carnival by Butler Amusements is open during all fair hours, which are 3 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 through Friday, Aug. 1 and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3.

All-you-can-ride wristbands are $20 in advance through midnight Tuesday, July 29 and can be purchased online at or at the fairgrounds’ office, 900 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo. Wristbands cost $25 on-site during the fair..

Spectacular Rides

Spin Out: The Spin Out is one of the most exciting rides on the Midway. Made in England, it stands 45 feet high and has a half-dozen four-passenger seats. Passengers sit in one of four seats on the outside edge of the ride. As the Spin Out begins to rise, all six sets of seats begin to spin. Up, down and around – passengers thrill to the sight and feel of the Spin Out! There are only eight Spin Outs in traveling carnivals in the entire United States.

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 Solano County Fair in a blur as the fabulous Himalaya takes you on a fast, up-down-around trip faster and faster, then backward, too.

Giant Wheel: 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.

Crazy Train: 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.

Giant Scooters: 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 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 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.

The Gravitron: The lights and excitement of the Midway literally become a blur as The Gravitron sweeps you off of your feet. Spinning at 24 revolutions per minute, The Gravitron uses centrifugal force to float the passengers off the floor, giving them the feeling of weightlessness. All aboard on this 45-person-capacity Gravitron for one wild ride.

Major Rides and Shows

The Viper: The Viper ride is one of the recent spectacular rides that Butler Amusements will bring 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 that hold two-part seating that spins 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.

Eagle 16: A staple of the American Midway, this 16-seat Ferris wheel has eight front-facing cars that hold 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 are able to see for miles.

Moonwalker Funhouse: The Moonwalker Funhouse takes you on a musical journey of epic proportions. This Michael Jackson-themed walk-through attraction is a thrilling trip through a maze of unusual sights and sounds, inside and out. Moonwalker Funhouse is an eye-catching show, complete with Michael Jackson music, lights and picturesque scenery. Day or night, Moonwalker Funhouse will prove to be a favorite of funhouse enthusiasts.

Tilt-A-Whirl: 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.

Footloose: 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.

Tornado: The Tornado is a thrilling ride that is enjoyed by kids, teens and families of all types. The Tornado has eight uniquely designed spherical passenger vessels each with a capacity of four people. Each vessel includes a centrally located steering wheel, which enables the passengers to spin the cars themselves. The Tornado lifts 7 ½ feet into the air and tilts 20 degrees for a terrific ride sensation.

Mardi Gras: 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!

Scrambler: 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 with each seat capable of holding three 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.”

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.

State Fair Slide: The Solano County Fair has been a playground for children of all ages for more than 60 years. 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.

Family Rides (Rides that adults and children may ride together)

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.

Balloon Samba (From Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch): The Samba, manufactured in Italy, is a family ride that 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 seats 32 children in six 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.

Jungle of Fun: The Jungle of Fun is an interactive jungle gym for children measuring 36 to 48 inches in height. It includes a cargo net to climb, a tunnel to traverse, obstacle punching bags and floors to bounce on.

Raiders: The Raiders is an all-time favorite to the little ones and fun for the whole family. Featuring walk-through punching bags, a cargo net climb and many more features, it will keep the littlest of visitors wanting to come back for more.

Rock N Tug: Those who normally go with the flow are encouraged to rock the boat a little this year at the Solano County Fair. This little tug boat spins, dips and peaks like riding an ocean swell. The Rock N Tug seats approximately 20 people so parents can take to the high seas with their children.

Orient Express: A super ride for kids that has an oriental theme. A kiddie-size coaster with big-kid excitement, the Orient Express has eight seats and will carry two kids per seat.

Lolli Swing: 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.

Bigfoot Trucks: 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.

U-Toob Funhouse: 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.

Kids Rides

Cycle Jump: Young kids are sure to get a thrill from these adorable mini motorcycles, which travel in a circle under a shade umbrella. Complete with small jumps and honking horns, these mini motorcycles are a great first ride for kids.

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