As always, the winners were wide-ranging from across the industry. Here’s who and what won.
The Spirit Award is given to the most outstanding person who works behind the scenes to support the high-quality entertainment value of the nominating attraction.
Booth Size 100 – 199 Square Feet
Booth Size 200 – 399 Square Feet.
Booth Size 400 – 499 Square Feet
Booth Size 500 – 899 Square Feet
Booth Size 900 – 1,200 Square Feet
Booth Size 1,201 and Larger Square Feet
Major Ride/Attraction – Class A (Product cost of US$3 million or more)
Major Ride/Attraction – Class B (Product cost of less than US$3 million)
Kiddie Ride/Attraction – Class A (Standard Kiddie Ride/Attraction)
Kiddie Ride/Attraction – Class B (Coin-op Kiddie Ride/Attraction)
Water Park Ride/Attraction – Class A (Product cost of US$2 million or more)
Water Park Ride/Attraction – Class B (Product cost of less than US$2 million)
Patron Participation Ride/Attraction
Technology Applied to Amusements – Class A (Product or Service used by Consumers)
Technology Applied to Amusements – Class B (Product or Service used by Facilities)
Merchandising & Retail Products
Games & Devices – Class A (Arcade & Video Games and Equipment)
Games & Devices – Class B (Midway Games and Equipment)
Shows/Productions, Theatrical Equipment & Supplies, Displays & Sets
Services, Equipment & Supplies
Best New Product Concept Award: Major Ride Attraction
Best New Product Concept Award: Other Products/Services
Best New Product Concept Award: Attraction
The tradition of the brass ring, a term now synonymous with spectacular achievement, dates back to the amusement industry in the 1800s. Rings were suspended above carousel riders — low enough for them to grasp, but high enough to pose a challenge. Skilled riders who grabbed a brass ring often earned prizes, including a free ride on the carousel. Most rings were made of iron, but a few were made of brass, so grabbing the brass ring was a valuable treat.