"Ring Ridin'," at one time a popular contest during elaborate annual picnics held near Garrett, Douglas County, vigorously tested the horsemanship and nerves of entrants. Broken bones sometimes resulted, and after a particularly stormy contest in 1891, the game was discontinued.

As described by an old resident, "Ring Ridin'" consisted of placing a small spear through a metal-like disk about ten inches in circumference. The disk, which was suspended from a string and pulley attached to a pole far enough from the ground so that a rider on a galloping horse could pass under it, was raised or lowered at the will of some one standing nearby. The most skillful contestant was awarded the captaincy of the ring game for the following year.

Extracted 25 Oct 2019 by Norma Hass from Pioneer Days in Illinois, compiled by the Workers of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Illinois, published in 1940, page 17.

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