September 2, 2016

Tulare County Fair unveils new rides for all ages

TULARE – The Helm and Sons carnival at this year’s Tulare County Fair, Sept. 14-18, will feature several new attractions.

Young fair-goers can experience the new Pony Express, which allows children to choose to ride a horse or a carriage around train tracks. Also new is the Happy Swing, a classic swing set amplified to a new level of fun, and the Chopper Hopper, a helicopter ride that lets kids be the pilot.

More mature fair-goers can enjoy the thrills of a new zombie-themed haunted house. Old favorites will return, including Shockwave, Big Splash, the Wave Swinger and the Olympic Bobsled roller coaster.

Helm and Sons, based in Colton, CA, is known for its commitment to safety and its reputation as a high-quality amusement company, said Pam Fyock, CEO of the Tulare County Fair.

“We are proud to partner with Helm and Sons in ensuring that our fairgoers are safe while enjoying the fun of our carnival,” Fyock said. “A midway manager and a ride inspector examine every ride using a detailed inspection list, and each member of the staff is certified as a safety inspector through the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials.”

All-you-can-ride wristbands are available for $20 if purchased in advance, or $30 each during Fair week. A WOW FastPass is available for $50, offering unlimited rides and a trip to the front of the line. For details, visit

The Tulare County Fair will offer exhibits, entertainment and nightly concerts on the Budweiser Stage, free with gate admission. Headliner entertainers are Gin Blossoms on Wednesday, Sept. 14; WAR on Thursday, Sept. 15; Colt Ford on Friday, Sept. 16; En Vogue on Saturday, Sept. 17, and The Boxmasters, featuring Billy Bob Thornton, on Sunday, Sept. 18. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are free with paid admission. For information, visit or call 686-4707.