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


Presidents Day (20th Century Rides)

Laredo, TX
Feb 13th – 24th

Charro Days (20th Century Rides)

Brownsville, TX
Feb 27th – Mar 9th

Dell Diamond

Round Rock, TX
Mar 13th – 23rd

Coupons & Specials

Parmer Crossing

Austin, TX
Mar 26th – 30th

Toney Burger Center

Sunset Valley, TX
Mar 27th – Apr 6th

Coupons & Specials

Channelview FFA Livestock Show

Channelview, TX
Apr 2nd – 5th

Bluebonnet Festival

Burnet, TX
Apr 10th – 13th

Coupons & Specials

Employee Appreciation

Kinder, LA
Apr 16th – 19th

Youth Y.A.H.O.O at MacGregor Park

Houston, TX
Apr 19th – 19th

Celebrate Killeen

Killeen, TX
Apr 24th – 26th

Coupons & Specials

Founders Day Festival

Dripping Springs, TX
Apr 25th – 27th

Wharton County Youth Fair

Wharton, TX
Apr 30th – May 3rd


Port Neches, TX
Apr 30th – May 4th

Spring Carnival at City Park

Lake Dallas, TX
May 8th – 11th

Parmer Crossing

Austin, TX
May 8th – 11th

Coupons & Specials

Lee County Fair

Giddings, TX
May 15th – 17th

Morningside Days

Sioux City , IA
May 15th – 18th

Coupons & Specials

Lavista Daze

La Vista, NE
May 22nd – 25th

Missouri River Festival

Bismarck, ND
May 30th – Jun 8th

Coupons & Specials

Uptown Watertown

Watertown, SD
Jun 3rd – 8th

Coupons & Specials

Black Hills BBQ Festival

Rapid City, SD
Jun 13th – 15th

Coupons & Specials

Rally in the Valley

Valley City, ND
Jun 14th – 15th

Coupons & Specials

Teapot Days

Tea, SD
Jun 19th – 21st

Coupons & Specials

McLean County Fair

Underwood, ND
Jun 20th – 22nd

Coupons & Specials

Foster County Fair

Carrington, ND
Jun 24th – 26th

Coupons & Specials

Norman County Fair

Ada, MN
Jun 25th – 28th

Coupons & Specials

Mandan FourthFest and Rodeo Days

Mandan, ND
Jun 29th – Jul 4th

Coupons & Specials


Duluth, MN
Jul 2nd – 6th

Coupons & Specials

Pierce County Fair

Rugby, ND
Jul 2nd – 6th

Coupons & Specials

Mercer County Fair

Beulah, ND
Jul 10th – 13th

Coupons & Specials

Clay County Fair

Barnesville, MN
Jul 10th – 13th

Coupons & Specials

West Otter Tail County Fair

Fergus Falls, MN
Jul 16th – 19th

Coupons & Specials

Rosebud-Treasure County Fair

Forsyth, MT
Jul 17th – 20th

Coupons & Specials

Montana State Fair

Great Falls, MT
Jul 25th – Aug 2nd

Coupons & Specials


Billings, MT
Aug 8th – 16th

Eastern Montana Fair

Miles City , MT
Aug 20th – 23rd

Coupons & Specials

Minnesota State Fair (electrical services)

St. Paul, MN
Aug 21st – Sep 1st

Twin Falls County Fair

Filer, ID
Aug 27th – Sep 1st

Utah State Fair

Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 4th – 14th

Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair

Fort Smith, AR
Sep 19th – 27th

West Louisiana Forestry Festival

Leesville , LA
Oct 1st – 5th

Coupons & Specials

Jefferson Davis Parish Fair

Jennings, LA
Oct 1st – 4th

Coupons & Specials

Rapides Parish Fair

Alexandria, LA
Oct 8th – 12th

Coupons & Specials

Washington Parish Free Fair

Franklinton, LA
Oct 15th – 18th

Coupons & Specials

20th Century Rides

Laredo, TX
Oct 24th – Nov 2nd


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 two 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 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.

Thomas served as OABA president in 1975–Tom Atkins was president in 1992. In 2001, Bernard Thomas was inducted into the Outdoor Amusement Business Hall of Fame. John Hanschen is 2007 Chairman of the OABA, which is based in Orlando, Florida. The Showmen’s League of America is 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. Bernard Thomas is past president of the Midwest Showmen’s 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 of the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs and the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions.

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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