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New rides, cheaper ticket prices coming to Mid-State Fair carnival

Mid-State Fair rides illuminate the carnival area on July 31, 2016.
Mid-State Fair rides illuminate the carnival area on July 31, 2016. jtarica@thetribunenews.com

California Mid-State Fair visitors will get a whole new ride experience this year — a different carnival provider will take over in July, bringing new attractions and cheaper prices.

Helm and Sons Amusements Inc. of Colton will stage dozens of rides at the Paso Robles Event Center, including a few new ones, according to a Mid-State Fair news release. Water flume ride Big Splash, faster thrill rides Star Dancer and Shock Wave and scary ride Zombie House are among the new attractions for older kids and adults.

Lego-themed Block City and a Mad Birds obstacle course styled after the popular Angry Birds smartphone game will join the kids’ attractions.

Ride tickets will also cost less — although most rides require multiple tickets, visitors will pay 50 cents apiece, according to the release.

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

The Mid-State Fair will be held from July 19-30 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled the new carnival provider’s name. Helm and Sons Amusements Inc. will provide ride attractions at this year’s California Mid-State Fair.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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