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.
Art initially began the carnival with two attractions operating in the southeastern area of South Dakota.
Around that time Art met Axel Ben Dixon, who travelled the area with a Merry-go-round.
Art invested in a Town Pump concession and accompanied Dixon from town to town selling ice-cold lemonade.
Recertification is required every four years, and we maintain it to this day. 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.
Thomas Carnival employees take pride in operating safely.