Whether you enjoy rides, games, food, or good old-fashioned fun, the Thomas Carnival has something to offer. In addition to family attractions, kiddie rides, and spectacular rides for thrill seekers, we provide electricity for the entire carnival midway, rest areas, benches, landscaping, portable housing for our employees, and even a convenience store for customers and our workforce of 200. We can also provide rides, games and food concessions for private events, company parties or movie sets. Whatever the need, we can provide the equipment.

A related company, ATKINS – HANSCHEN TRANSPORTATION, offers 80-passenger trams to meet your people moving needs. For information, call John Hanschen at (512) 282-4442.

Family & Adult Rides

  • Super Shot
  • Moby Dick
  • Cobra
  • Tornado
  • Spider
  • Tilt a Whirl
  • Zipper
  • Ring of Fire
  • Cliffhanger
  • Bumper Cars
  • Thunderbolt
  • Pharaoh’s Fury
  • Century Wheel
  • Starship 2000

Kids Rides

  • Wiggle Wurm
  • Zamperla Barnyard
  • Merry Go Round
  • Fire Chief
  • Marioland Play Scape
  • Fun Slide
  • Rio Grande Train
  • Airport Ride
  • Speedway
  • Samba Balloon
  • Dizzy Dragons
  • Jumpin’ Bean Bounce
  • Live Pony Ride
  • Happy Dragons
  • Crystal Lil’s Glass House
  • Fun for All Funhouse


  • Roll a Ball Derby
  • Water Races
  • Balloon Bust
  • Football
  • Throw Speed Ball
  • Flip a Chick
  • Flip a Frog
  • Shoot out the Star
  • Grab A Bag
  • Roll Down
  • Hat Game
  • Bull Dozer
  • Break A Bottle
  • Rising Water
  • Crazy Ball
  • CD Game


  • Midway Grills – Corn Dogs, Hot Dogs, Sausages, Nachos, Hamburgers, French Fries and Soft Drinks
  • Popcorn Trailers – Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Caramel & Candy Apples, Sno Cones, and Soft Drinks
  • Pizza, Italian Sandwiches and Salads
  • Funnel Cakes and Fried Dough
  • Ice Cream



Pearland, TX
Jan 31st – 31st

Presidents Day (20th Century Rides)

Laredo, TX
Feb 12th – 23rd

Charro Days (20th Century Rides)

Brownsville, TX
Feb 26th – Mar 8th

Dell Diamond

Round Rock, TX
Mar 13th – 28th

Coushatta Resort Employee Appreciation

Kinder, LA
Apr 1st – 4th

Easter Thrillfest

Houston, TX
Apr 4th – 4th

Channelview FFA Livestock Show

Channelview, TX
Apr 8th – 11th

Bluebonnet Festival

Burnet, TX
Apr 9th – 12th

Toney Burger Center

Sunset Valley, TX
Apr 15th – 20th

Celebrate Killeen Festival

Killeen, TX
Apr 23rd – 25th

Founders Day Festival

Dripping Springs, TX
Apr 24th – 26th

Wharton County Youth Fair

Wharton, TX
Apr 29th – May 2nd


Port Neches, TX
Apr 29th – May 3rd

Spring Carnival at City Park

Lake Dallas, TX
May 7th – 10th

Lee County Fair

Giddings, TX
May 14th – 16th

Morningside Days

Sioux City , IA
May 14th – 17th

Salute To Summer Festival

La Vista, NE
May 21st – 24th

Coupons & Specials

Uptown Watertown

Watertown, SD
May 21st – 25th

Coupons & Specials

Missouri River Festival

Bismarck, ND
May 28th – Jun 7th

Coupons & Specials

City Park

Hankinson, ND
Jun 4th – 7th

Coupons & Specials

Irrigation Days

Oakes, ND
Jun 11th – 14th

Coupons & Specials

Black Hills BBQ Festival

Rapid City, SD
Jun 12th – 14th

Coupons & Specials

Teapot Days

Tea, SD
Jun 18th – 20th

Coupons & Specials

McLean County Fair

Underwood, ND
Jun 19th – 21st

Coupons & Specials

Foster County Fair

Carrington, ND
Jun 23rd – 25th

Coupons & Specials

Norman County Fair

Ada, MN
Jun 24th – 27th

Coupons & Specials


Duluth, MN
Jul 1st – 5th

Coupons & Specials

Pierce County Fair

Rugby, ND
Jul 1st – 5th

Coupons & Specials

City of Mandan FourthFest

Mandan, ND
Jul 2nd – 4th

Coupons & Specials

Mercer County Fair

Beulah, ND
Jul 9th – 12th

Coupons & Specials

Clay County Fair

Barnesville, MN
Jul 9th – 12th

Coupons & Specials

West Otter Tail County Fair

Fergus Falls, MN
Jul 15th – 18th

Coupons & Specials

Rosebud-Treasure County Fair

Forsyth, MT
Jul 16th – 19th

Coupons & Specials

Montana State Fair

Great Falls, MT
Jul 24th – Aug 1st


Billings, MT
Aug 7th – 15th

Eastern Montana Fair

Miles City , MT
Aug 19th – 22nd

Minnesota State Fair (power services)

St. Paul, MN
Aug 27th – Sep 7th

Twin Falls County Fair

Filer, ID
Sep 2nd – 7th

Utah State Fair

Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 10th – 20th

Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair

Fort Smith, AR
Sep 25th – Oct 3rd

West Louisiana Forestry Festival

Leesville , LA
Oct 7th – 11th

Coupons & Specials

Jefferson Davis Parish Fair

Jennings, LA
Oct 7th – 10th

Coupons & Specials

Rapides Parish Fair

Alexandria, LA
Oct 14th – 18th

Coupons & Specials

Washington Parish Free Fair

Franklinton, LA
Oct 21st – 24th

Coupons & Specials

20th Century Rides

Laredo, TX
Oct 30th – Nov 8th


Thomas Carnival employees take pride in operating safely. Experience and training combine with maintenance and daily inspections to create a safe environment.

Staff members attend seminars to keep up to date with the trends. Communication with amusement ride manufacturers and state and federal regulators gives us the latest information we need to know.

OABA MemberWe maintain a winter quarters in Austin, Texas, where annual maintenance is performed. A full service maintenance shop is carried on the road. The shop is stocked with tools and repair parts.

All employees participate in the daily inspection process. Each attraction is carefully checked prior to daily opening. Written reports document the inspections. Operations employees and their supervisors constantly check the equipment throughout the day.

In 2004, the Thomas Carnival was evaluated by the OABA Quality Assessment Team and met the rigorous standards required for entry into the prestigious Circle of Excellence. Recertification is required every four years, and we maintain it to this day.


aboutThe Thomas Carnival was founded in 1928 by Art B. Thomas in Lennox, South Dakota. The Thomas Carnival has been owned and operated by the members of the Thomas family continuously since then. Presently there are fourth generation family members working in the business. Since 1928 the Thomas Carnival has been devoted to Art Thomas’ idea of providing clean, safe and wholesome family entertainment for its customers.

Art initially began the carnival with two attractions operating in the southeastern area of South Dakota. Over the years the operating area has grown larger and the number of attractions has increased where now our area of operation includes 10 states and we can offer up to 50 rides, 50 games and 15 food concessions. We also provide our customers with many creature comforts including shaded rest areas with benches, covering for hoses and wires, signs and instructions regarding game and ride rules and operations, but most importantly, easy access to staff members in case of a concern or problem. We have provided a safe, clean, wholesome entertainment environment just as Art B. Thomas envisioned. When you walk our midways you will notice our customers having fun.

Learn More About Our HistoryBernard B. Thomas Obituary

Our Ticketing

Bernard Thomas was the innovator of the Universal Ticket System used by virtually traveling carnivals today. Tickets bought at any ticket selling location can be used for admission on any ride. We know how many tickets are sold each day and at the end of that day weigh all tickets used for admission at each ride, allowing us to balance ticket sales and redemption and also to monitor the popularity of each individual ride. You, as the sponsor, receive a computer generated ticket sales report for each day of operation. All ticket sales are shown on that report.

We utilize virtually all ticket promotions popular today: Pay One Price, Moonlight Madness, Advance Sales, Food Bank Day, Pepsi or Coke Day, Kids Days and other discounted days. The list is only as short as the imagination.


Having been in the entertainment industry since 1928, we have acquired the knowledge and expertise of fair and carnival operations. Whether you are looking for a carnival or need assistance in planning or organizing your event, we are available to help you by either providing equipment or consultations.

For more information about consulting and coordination, please contact Tom Atkins at (512) 750-3345 or John Hanschen at (512) 914-0395.


Mailing Address

Thomas Carnival, Inc.
P.O. Box 92469
Austin, TX 78709-2469


Phone: 512.282.4442
Fax: 877.356.4704
John Hanschen Cell: 512.914.0395


Booking: john@thomascarnival.com

Industry Affiliations

The Thomas Carnival supports state, regional and national industry associations. The Outdoor Amusement Business Association, based in Orlando, Florida, is the carnival industry’s national trade group. Thomas Carnival’s Bernard Thomas, along with a dozen other carnival owners, founded the association in 1965.  Bernard served as OABA president in 1975, Tom Atkins presided in 1992, and John Hanschen served as Chairman in 2007. All three have since been inducted into the Outdoor Amusement Business Hall of Fame.   Additionally, the Thomas Carnival takes part in the OABA’s Circle of Excellence program, which strives to uplift the outdoor amusement industry by promoting best practices and the highest safety standards.  The Circle of Excellence is awarded after a rigorous audit, and the process is repeated every four years.

Thomas Carnival also supports the Showmen’s League of America, the carnival workers’ fraternal organization.  Founded in 1913, the Showmen’s League’s first president was Buffalo Bill Cody.  Thomas Carnival boasts three past League presidents: Bernard Thomas in 1977; Tom Atkins, 1987; and John Hanschen in 1999. John serves as Treasurer for the Showmens’ League.

The carnival is a member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.  Hanschen currently sits on the board of the IAFE.  Atkins is a past board member.

Bernard Thomas is past president of the Midwest Showmen’s Association.   He is also in the Hall of Fame of the South Dakota Association of Fairs, the Association of Iowa Fairs, and the South Dakota Publishers Association.  Tom Atkins served a term as leader of the St. Louis Chapter of the Showmen’s League, and John Hanschen was 1993 president of the Hot Springs Showmen’s Association.   Atkins has sat on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions and the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs, of which he is in the Hall of Fame and John Hanschen was Service Member of the Year in 2014.

The company also backs the Texas Association of Fairs and Events, Arkansas Fair Manager’s Association, Louisiana Association Fairs and Festivals, North and South Dakota Association of Fairs, and the Minnesota Federation of Fairs.

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