Martian Maze: Adorable Martians are pictured on the scenery of the Martian Maze. Young children climb ladders, cross bridges, slide down slides, and walk through a rotating barrel. Martian Maze is found in the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair kiddie ride zone, an family area with benches and shade.
Surfs Up: From Italy's Zamperla Rides, the Surfs Up is a 40 foot surfboard on wheels. Riders actually stand on the board and hang ten as the carriage rocks back and forth over the length of the trailer. It's designed for riders of all ages taller than 42 inches.
Frog Hopper: Another popular youth ride introduced in 2012, this one with a hopping motion, made by Utah's S & S Sports. Adults may ride with the youngsters on the Frog Hopper, as well.
Returning favorites include 100 foot Fun Slide, the Mini Jet with 8 bold ships shaped like barrels melded into fantastic flying airplanes. The ride's air compressor sends the ships hissing into the air for the imaginary trip over the fairgrounds--the crafts glide smoothly back down the ground after a 90 second flight.
Fun Zone Fun House walk-through starts with fresh and friendly fun cartoon figures painted on the front's façade. Inside, look for easy obstacles, visual tricks, spinning disks, and an exciting Barrel O Fun--at the exit.
Happy Face Bounce: Children under 42 inches enjoy jumping in the Thomas Carnival bounces. Our air-supported jumpers feature Beetles and Happy Faces.
Gopher Golf: Nine holes of challenging miniature golf are included with each day's wristband. See the tall red, orange, and blue canvas on top of the carnival caddy shack. Keep score and ask about weekly tournaments.
The Scrambler is carnival classic produced by the Eli Bridge Company out of Illinois, this rotary ride thrills young and old alike with its ever-turning cars that speed riders along and gives the sensation of being inside the centrifuge of a high school physics lab.
The Starship 4000, is Wisdom Manufacturing’s latest update of the archetypal space ship simulation, the feeling of weightlessness never gets old as the ship races around at over 20 revolutions per minute. This ride features groundbreaking technological advances in its mechanical operation as well as dazzling new lighting and scenery packages.
The centerpiece of the midway is the towering Century Wheel, a 70 foot ferris wheel with gondola-style seating designed to be enjoyed by the entire family (the Century Wheel is Thomas Carnival's most popular ride.
Other thrilling rides include the spinning Thunderbolt, the exhilarating Zipper, and the swinging Pharaoh’s Fury. Adventurous riders enjoy the exciting wave action of the Moby Dick. The Super Shot, a 90-foot tall drop tower, always draws a crowd to watch the hilarious reactions of riders who have just completed the free fall to the bottom. Thomas Carnival classics include the Tilt-a-Whirl, Merry-Go-Round (check out the artwork on the carousel horses) the Crystal Lil's House of Mirrors, the Dodgem Bumper Cars, the Cliffhanger, the Dizzy Dragons, Tornado and more. In the children's midway ride area, look for the Barnyard, the Speedway, the Rio Grande Train and the live ponies, to name a few. The whole family can enjoy the Cobra Coaster, as well as the Up Up and Away and the Airport.
Popular carnival games include water races, the duck pond, balloon pop, basketball, break-a-bottle, big ring-o-bottle, grab bag fish 'til you win game, bulldozer-token push, and the rope ladder. Everyone enjoys the colorful prizes-- teddy bears, dogs, frogs, picture mirrors, computer portraits, buttons, t-shirts, wall-hangings and a fantastic array of neat trinkets and novelties.
Enjoy great traditional fair food items on the midway, including corn dogs, foot long hot dogs, caramel and candy apples, nachos, pickles, funnel cakes, pizza, hamburgers, popcorn, cotton candy, sno-cones, and soft drinks.