Brass ring devices were developed during the heyday of the carousel about 1880 to 1921. As the carousel began to turn, a brass ring was fed to one end of a wooden arm that was suspended above the riders. Riders hoped that the timing of the carousel rotation and the rise-and-fall motion of their seat would place them within reach of the brass ring. If a rider managed to grab a brass ring, it could be redeemed for a free ride.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions presents the Brass Ring awards each year. We were most pleased to be awarded first place for the Best Exhibit Award in our class.