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September 13, 2013

Santa Cruz County Company Supplies Innovative Lighting Systems

Watsonville, CA – There is something instantly recognizable about the distinctive outline on the horizon of a county fair carnival.  The Ferris Wheel usually gives it away, especially at night.  Brass Ring Amusements’ “Midway of Fun” at the Santa Cruz County Fair is noticeably brighter and that comes at a surprisingly lower energy cost and impact on the environment.

Harry Mason, owner of Brass Ring Amusements, explains “We’re happily going green and have already replaced 80% of the old incandescent light bulbs with new LED style bulbs.  In some cases, we have swapped out entire lighting systems in favor of the more energy efficient lights.  The Century Wheel, our Ferris Wheel, used to consume more than 100 amps of electricity but now only uses 12.5 amps.  This has reduced our energy consumption dramatically, and therefore reduces our carbon footprint.”

The good news doesn’t end with the incredible energy savings as Mason explains “I grew up here in the area and really believe in supporting local businesses.  Our supplier of this new innovative lighting technology is Amusement Line Lighting based in Brookdale, a small community in northern Santa Cruz County.”

New, surprising, and innovative continues to describe the 2013 Santa Cruz County Fair and that philosophy extends out to the “Midway of Fun.”

The Santa Cruz County Fair runs through Sunday, September 15, at the Fairgrounds located on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville.  Information on the Fair, and the Fairgrounds - a year round entertainment and event venue, can be found at


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