Each attraction is carefully checked prior to daily opening. 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. The Thomas Carnival has been owned and operated by the members of the Thomas family continuously since then.
Staff members attend seminars to keep up to date with the trends.
Born on the prairies of South Dakota, the Mighty Thomas Carnival has grown to become one of the finest midways in North America and has put on quality shows across the Midwest, the South, the Western States and Canada since 1928.
It has a proud family lineage that has seen four generations of ownership with a fifth generation on the road in 2013. It has also produced four Showmen’s League of America presidents: Bernard Thomas in 1977, Tom Atkins in 1987, John Hanschen in 1999, and congratulations to the newest, Chris Atkins in 2013. Thomas was the youngest son of Herman and Grace Thoms, immigrants from Germany and Holland.
Arriving in America during the late 1800s, the Thoms family homesteaded two farms in Iowa and North Dakota.
We maintain a winter quarters in Austin, Texas, where annual maintenance is performed.
A full service maintenance shop is carried on the road. All employees participate in the daily inspection process.