Mid-State Fair

Mid-State Fair carnival rides will be cheaper this year

Kali Pengilly, sister Ariauna and cousin Cody Reyes react as the Super Shot begins to fall to earth at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles in 2013. New, cheaper carnival rides are coming to the fair this summer.
Kali Pengilly, sister Ariauna and cousin Cody Reyes react as the Super Shot begins to fall to earth at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles in 2013. New, cheaper carnival rides are coming to the fair this summer. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Carnival rides at the California Mid-State Fair will cost less this summer, thanks to a contract with a different carnival provider that’s bringing new attractions to Paso Robles.

Individual ride tickets sold by Helm and Sons Amusements Inc. will cost 50 cents apiece, compared to $1 each in previous years, according to a Mid-State Fair news release.

Each ride requires four to 12 tickets, costing a maximum of $6. That’s compared to $8 at other carnivals, Helm and Sons Amusements CEO Davey Helm said in the news release.

Wristbands allowing visitors to ride an unlimited number of attractions cost $35, or $25 with a special coupon. Coupons come with two-for-one carnival game play and a free popcorn and prize.

On the midway, many carnival games cost $2 to $3, Helm said, adding that customers who spend $20 on more challenging games are guaranteed to take home a prize.

Helm’s Colton-based company is bringing dozens of rides to the Paso Robles Event Center — including new attractions for adults and older kids such as water flume ride Big Splash, scary ride Zombie House and thrill rides Star Dancer and Shock Wave.

In addition to Lego-themed Block City and an obstacle course inspired by “Angry Birds,” children’s attractions include the bear-themed Cub Country! area, where toddlers and young children can go on rides, play carnival games and bounce in a farm-themed bouncer.

The California Mid-State Fair runs July 19-30. For more information, call 805-238-3565 or visit www.midstatefair.com.

Tribune reporter Lindsey Holden contributed to this story.

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