A ferris wheel’s circular movement emulates life’s highs and lows, just as its regular pauses symbolize life’s commercial breaks. Enjoy metaphorical movement with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options<p>
$20 for a carnival package for one (a $40 total value)
- A wristband for unlimited rides (a $20 value)
- $10 worth of games
- $10 worth of food and drink<p>
$40 for two of the above packages (an $80 total value)
$80 for four of the above packages (a $160 total value)<p>
The safety-minded carnival—in town from Friday, March 23, through Saturday, March 31—sets up a variety of rides for kids and adults, as well as games such as balloon bust and basketball shoot. Concession stands sell classic carnival fare, such as funnel cake ($6), cotton candy ($4), corn dogs ($3.50), and fries with chili and cheese ($8).<p>
The Thomas Carnival
In 1928, Art B. Thomas opened a carnival in South Dakota in the hopes of luring locals with wholesome family fun and exciting spectacle. As the carnival’s popularity grew, so did its vagabond spirit, now touring across 10 states with a caravan of 50 rides, 50 games, and 15 food concessions.
Though the fourth-generation family members now running The Thomas Carnival work to retain the festive, family-centered ambiance of the original show, they aren’t afraid to complement their classic staples with more modern attractions. Near the vintage Ferris wheel, which follows the same grandiose climb and ascent as the original model built for the 1893 World’s Fair, stands the fast-paced bumper cars and a tilting and twirling spider ride decked out in futuristic green LED lights. Regardless of the era they evoke, all rides are kept in safe working condition by traveling maintenance crews and inextinguishable magic spells. Since 2004, the carnival has held a spot in the Circle of Excellence on its OABA quality assessment.