Aldrich M. Tan • The Indio Sun
Several new carnival rides are coming to the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival.
The Viper, Balloon Samba and Hip Hop Fun House are the newest rides that will be at the festival’s carnival grounds.
Butler Amusements, based in Fairfield, has provided the carnival rides for the Indio-based festival since 1997. They are also at 37 fairs in six Western states.
The rides are being aimed more toward families so children can enjoy them with their parents, said Andrea Owen, marketing director for Butler Amusements.
“We try to purchase new rides every single year to keep the experience fresh so that the Midway is not the same thing every year,” she said.
The Viper seats 24 people and has more than 3,000 lights, Owen said. The ride’s large arm tilts and spins. Two clusters at the end of each arm will also twist and spin.
The Viper debuted last year and has been known to be a high-capacity thrill ride, Owen said.
The Balloon Samba is a children’s ride that simulates a hot air balloon, Owen said. The ride seats 32 children in six air balloons.
The Butler Amusements’ Balloon Samba ride will make its debut at the Riverside County Fair, which opens Feb. 13, Owen said.
The Hip Hop Funhouse is a ride that people can walk through, Owen said. The ride will be a multistory building that will have various funhouse amusements with hip-hop music in the background.
Carnival rides that will be returning to the grounds include the Fireball and the Pole Position Coaster, the Supershot Drop Tower and the Wave Swinger, Owen said