Don’t Get Hooked by Cheap Online Imitations – These Hook-and-Ring Games are Made Locally!

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Don’t Get Hooked by Cheap Online Imitations – These Hook-and-Ring Games are Made Locally!

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Season: 2
Episode: 18

Marco Island, Florida

Story by Angelina Assanti

Try to find a bar in Florida that doesn’t have the popular hook-and-ring game. Harder still, try to find one not made by Larry Clark right here in Southwest Florida.

Larry started building the games just for fun. He was the property manager for The Shops of Olde Marco, and to keep customers (or long-suffering husbands) entertained at the shops, Larry made one and put it at the mall. Then, he kept getting questions from shoppers on where to buy one. So, Larry decided to turn his hobby into a business, and that is when he launched https://fishhookringgame.com

Larry is no stranger to keeping himself entertained. He was born in Germany and is a self-described army brat. He has lived in Marco Island for over 30 years.

These games are fun, and Larry has gotten heartwarming news from a few of his customers. One mother purchased one for her son, who had a lazy eye, and much to the surprise of her and their family doctor, playing the game helped her son’s coordination and significantly improved her son’s line of sight!

Another customer was a nurse in an Alzheimer’s and dementia ward, and she thanked Larry because, unbeknownst to the medical staff, the game would improve the quality of the patients’ lives by keeping their attention and helping them concentrate. It also helped the staff because they could focus on more things while the patients were amused by trying to win.

Larry added a personal anecdote about the Ronald McDonald House when his family member, a patient, suggested that children and their families could use the entertainment there. Larry then donated several to the hospital so families could have a little fun and forget the stress of dealing with health issues.

Trying to find the origin of the popular hook-and-ring game is not an easy feat. One common theory suggested the invention should be attributed to Ernest Hemingway. While it is true that Hemingway was known for his love of games and leisure activities, no conclusive evidence suggests he invented the hook-and-ring game.

The hook and ring game, also known as the “ring the bull” or “ring on a string” game, likely has ancient roots and has been played in various forms across different cultures. It is a simple game that involves swinging a ring on a string or rope to hook it onto a target, such as a hook attached to a wall or post.

The game has been a popular pastime in bars, pubs, and recreational spaces, and its origins are likely more grassroots than attributed to a specific individual like Hemingway. While it’s possible that Hemingway may have enjoyed playing the game, the idea that he invented it is not well-supported by historical evidence.

Though the origins of the hook-and-ring game are unclear, it is more likely to be a traditional and simple game that people have enjoyed over time rather than having a specific individual like Ernest Hemingway as its inventor.

Although it is the programmed instinct for consumers to go to the internet and find a hook-and-ring game that will show up at your house in two days, be warned that the majority of those games are not American-made and have inferior components that cannot withstand extreme weather conditions.

Larry constructs his games for a Florida lifestyle – these are made with PVC and can easily survive Florida weather. He also adds a clearcoat urethane to add an extra measure of weather-proofing and durability.

Larry has several models, from the wall-mounted to the table version to the freestanding model. He also does custom work by request, unlike the mass-produced versions on large internet sites.

You can’t go anywhere in Marco Island without seeing Larry’s work, from hotels to bars to ice cream stands; if you see a fish hook game, it probably has the “Fish Hook Ring Game” name on it.

To learn about Larry’s company or get a custom creation for your own home or business, please check out the following link:

https://fishhookringgame.com

Fish Hook Ring Game

1089 North Collier Blvd. #420

Marco Island, Florida 34145

(239) 290-1979

anicebox@me.com

Pricing is as follows:

Wall-mounted $40

Countertop $45

For Freestanding (restaurant or backyard size), please contact them for pricing, custom colors, and sizing and shipping is available. Larry is going global, so please contact him for more information.

To learn more about The Shops of Olde Marco or Marco Island, please click the following links: https://www.paradisecoast.com/profile/the-shops-olde-marco/432, https://www.visitflorida.com/listing/marco-island-area-chamber-of-commerce/25851/

To learn more about Southwest Florida, please click on the following links:

https://fortmyers.org/,

https://www.leegov.com/business/chambers,

https://www.charlottecountychamber.org/

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