The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) presented the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards on Nov. 19 during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The awards were presented to amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers (FECs), and suppliers from around the world to honor excellence in food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and family entertainment centers.
The tradition of the brass ring, a term now synonymous with spectacular achievement, dates back to the 1800s. Rings were suspended above carousel riders; low enough for them to grasp, but high enough to pose a challenge. Most rings were made of iron, but a few were made of brass, so grabbing the brass ring was a cherished prize. Skilled riders who grabbed a brass ring often earned prizes, including a free ride on the carousel.
See the winners from IAAPA.