About Us

Approaching Fifty Years of Carnival Excellence

Cleanest Show in the West

Cleanest Show in the West! Butler Amusements was started over 49 years ago and today is the largest carnival company in the Western United States, providing carnivals for over 50 events each year. Operating over 100 amusement rides across the Western United States, our schedule includes dozens of major fairs and events.

A leader in the industry, the company is proud of its history of innovation. We place the highest standards of excellence on our carnival’s:

  • Safety and energy conservation
  • Employee training and education
  • Customer convenience features

We strive to create affordable family entertainment for our patrons and consider it a privilege to offer attractions that bring joy and happiness to all ages. Our company is dedicated to providing customers with safe, thrilling rides, and a wide variety of food and game concessions. Emphasis is always placed on providing the newest equipment available.

Butler Amusements is honored to be recognized with the Circle of Excellence Designation by the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA). The designation is placed on only a select group of carnivals operating in the United States.


Butler Amusements, Inc. is proud to be a family owned and operated carnival.

George “Bud” Butler founded Butler Amusements in 1970 along with his wife Evelyn and son Earl “Butch” Butler. After moving to California from Austin. Minnesota and selling the family grocery store to fund the purchase of their first carnival ride (a Tilt-A-Whirl!), he was soon joined by the rest of his family.

Through their hard work and dedication to running the “Cleanest Show in the West,” the company continued to grow and is now the largest, safest, most award winning carnival operation in the Western United States. Butler Amusements continues Bud & Butch’s legacy as a family owned business today, which is now operated with active leadership and involvement from the fourth generation of Butlers.

Employment Opportunities

We have an active commitment to hiring compassionate, hardworking individuals from diverse backgrounds that share our mission of serving smiles across the West Coast. If you’re interested in working for Butler Amusements, click below.

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What Others Say

The Big Fresno Fair has done business with Butler Amusements for over three decades and over those many years we have found them to be consistently professional in all aspects of carnival business. In my 31 years of management experience, I would rank Butler Amusements in the top 2% of all current operating carnivals and they are industry leading specialists at grounds and facility layout. Without Butler Amusements our new Kiddieland location would have remained a dream instead of a reality! I strongly recommend Butler Amusements to any progressive minded fair in the Western U.S.

John C. Alkire, CEO, The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno, CA

Butler Amusements has provided the carnival operation for our ten-day Central Washington State Fair since 1992; it has been a long standing and pleasing relationship. We are continually impressed with the efforts by Butler Amusements to stay on the “cutting edge” of their industry. Butler Amusements continues to be an integral part of the success of our Fair.

Gregory G. Stewart, President and General Manager, Central Washington State Fair, Yakima, WA

Butler’s rides are always clean and attractive and they continue to update their inventory of rides with the latest in technology and lighting. Their personnel are dressed in bright uniforms and are courteous to the public. We are proud to have Butler Amusements as our carnival and amusements provider. We have enjoyed this relationship for the last 17 years and look forward to many more.

Rich Hartzell, Director, Spokane County Fair and Exposition Center, Spokane Valley, WA

Since 2009 Butler Amusements has provided exemplary carnival services for the annual California State Fair, a 17 day event. I am pleased to wholeheartedly recommend Butler Amusements due to such qualities as their commitment to safety, personal attention to details, proven ability to increase profitability, flexibility to changes in layout, and their driving desire to present a first-class experience for the public.

Rick K. Pickering, CEO, California Exposition and State Fair, Sacramento, CA

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