brass ring awards
brass ring awards


The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) presents the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards. The awards are 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 exhibits.

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 valuable treat. Skilled riders who grabbed a brass ring often earned prizes, including a free ride on the carousel.

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are similarly prestigious, marking achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.

2017 Brass Ring Award Categories

  • Exhibitor Award: Best New Product (application will open soon)
  • Exhibitor Award: Best Exhibit (application will open soon)

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Liderby Gladden, Education Manager at: Lgladden@iaapa.org.

Other IAAPA Awards 

IAAPA Service Awards (coming soon)
IAAPA Hall of Fame Awards (coming soon)
IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award (coming soon)